Caring for your feet
Did you know that an average day’s walking exerts the equivalent of several hundred tons of pressure on our feet? Our feet may also suffer from lack of daily hygiene. Let us be honest , how many people actually wash and scrub their feet daily, much less dry between toes? Guilty?
Seriously this neglect can lead to foot problems. Avoiding problems starts with basic foot care, wearing appropriate footwear and giving your feet the occasional pampering treatment, foot care should be as much a part of your daily routine as brushing your teeth. It is never too late to start caring for your feet.
Easy to follow foot care tips that you can do to minimise foot problems
- Wash your feet every day in warm soapy water, do not soak them which might destroy natural oils. Dry thoroughly especially between the toes. Clean dry feet resist disease, the best way to prevent infection is a strict regimen of washing the feet with soap and water and to dry thoroughly.
- If your skin is dry, apply moisturizing cream all over the foot, except between the toes. Moisturizer also helps to avoid painful cracked heels.
- Lightly apply foot powder to keep feet dry, if you don't have a foot powder, you can also use talcum powder, it can help absorb excess moisture.
- Exfoliate your feet regularly. After relaxing in a bath, gently remove hard skin with pumice stone, working in small circular motions.
- Make it a habit to trim your toe nails regularly, using nail clippers. Soften nails first by soaking them in warm water or using a softening cream. Cut straight across, not too short and not down the corners which can lead to ingrown nails.
Walk barefoot to exercise your feet
- Choose the correct shoes for your foot structure. Ensure that your shoes are made of a breathable materials such as leather or fabric which allow for sweat absorption; avoid synthetic shoes without ample ventilation.
- Be meticulous about wearing the correct shoe size, ensure the toe to heel length is comfortable, the fitting over the top of the foot is not too tight and the heel height is comfortable when you are walking.
- Remember the toenails are more susceptible than fingernails to nail fungus since they tend to be in contact with the ground or are encased in shoes that provide a dark, moist place for bacteria to thrive.
- Fight foot odour by cleaning your feet thoroughly every day; changing socks often, sticking with natural fibres such as cotton.
- Regular foot massage helps minimize stress, re- energize, release congestion and toxins and improve circulation.
- There are many professionals who you can seek advice if you have problems with your feet e.g. nail technician, podiatrist, therapeutic reflxologist and shoe designer.
- Seek prompt treatment for burns, cuts and breaks in the skin and for any unusual changes in colour or temperature particularly if you suffer from diabetes.
- Do you have sweaty feet?
Smelly feet can be controlled with a few preventaive measures. Simple hygiene is usually effective in dealing with this problem. This hub will tell you how.