You often fret and complain about matters concerning your feet. You whine about the pain of plantar fasciitis. You can’t quit growling about the tendonitis in your ankle. You raise quite a fuss about the varied foot disorders your foot throws at you. If only they could talk, your feet will snap back at you about the way you treat them. Here are the proper feet care that they need if you expect them to serve you well.
Provide your feet enough room for comfort
You stuff your feet inside tight-fitting shoes. The crammed space bends your toes unnaturally and squeezes the nerves tightly, making them swell and enlarge. This is often an issue with people who have fallen arches in their foot. Since their toe joint lacks support, their nerve gets more strained due to the pressure.
Wear shoes that offer your feet ample space to breathe, as well as arch support to that provide comfort and stability. If you’ve tried on nearly every shoes in the store and you still feel pain, then your feet could be developing some foot problems. You need to consult a foot specialist immediately who would prescribe the right treatment and feet care.
Indulge your feet occasionally
Your feet could develop rough and thick skin from all the friction that goes on inside your shoes. During your bath time, you can gently scrape away the excess skin cells using a pumice stone. Gently rub the pumice stone on your skin, pushing in only one direction. This results in smoother skin surface as against rubbing in both directions which cause skin layers to split and regrow thick and scaly. As part of your feet care, treat your feet with foot cream or lotion from time to time. Use lotions with lactic acid and urea in their formulation as they are able to go deep down inside your feet’s thick skin layers.
Break the habit of crossing your legs
Crossing your legs habitually puts pressure on the peroneal nerve, which branches out of the sciatic nerve, on the knee area. This pressure can affect leg mobility and make your feet numb for a while. When you get up to walk, you’ll experience a tingling sensation which indicates the nerve recovering from numbness.
Warm your feet with socks at bedtime
Provide your tired feet with warmth and comfort by wearing socks when you sleep. The warmth offered by the socks will encourage blood vessels to dilate and enable heat to be distributed all over your body. With this feet care tip, you’ll get to slumberland faster and allow your feet more comfort and rest time.
Don’t stick to one shoe size
Don’t wear the same shoe size year in and year out. Using footwear half a size bigger will make positive changes in your feet. Your weight varies through the years and these changes affect the health and condition of your tendons, ligaments and bones. Women who have had several children are familiar with this experience as they have gone through carrying the weight of pregnancy several times.
Limit your use of sandals and flip-flops
Sandals and flip-flops are cooler and easier to wear, but they are not conducive for feet health. With flip-flops, your toes tend to exert too much grip to prevent your footwear from slipping off. This puts unneeded strain on your feet. What’s more, flip-flops and sandals don’t provide the required arch support. To aid in walking, the posterior tibial tendon depends on arch support. Without this support, pain can develop from the ankle and spread out to the inner arch.
Provide your feet with the needed support
You may think that you’re saving money on footwear by refusing to replace your old, worn-out pair. This sort of thinking can eventually damage your feet and cost you even more. The worn-out soles of your shoes allow stress to reach the bones and joints of your feet and cause you a lot of pain later on. Your foot is padded with layers of fat that help absorb shock and trauma. Wearing shoes with dependable soles provides your feet with extra support as the aging process causes these fat layers to thin out.
Keep your feet dry
Your feet tend to perspire a lot due to the thousands of sweat glands present in it. Keeping your feet everyday in a moist environment will turn it into a favorable breeding ground for disease-causing fungus. Foot powder, antiperspirant, open shoes, and wearing the right socks can help minimize the chances of sweat and foot odor from occurring.
Maintain your ideal weight
Your feet is a complex structure of bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints that work in harmony when you walk or run. While going for walks is very good for your health, being overweight and having your feet carry all that excess load can be counterproductive to feet care. The extra load can put pressure on your legs and hips. This means that your feet will have to bear all that unnecessary stress.