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Posted in Healthy Living | August 2014

Be sweet to your feet

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Beyond wanting them to look nice in sandals during the summer season, feet aren’t necessarily something we give a lot of thought to—until they ache. But it’s important to practice good, lifelong foot care in order to ensure that they can help keep us active and comfortable.

According to Care2 there are some simple and pleasant ways to care for your feet and keep them healthy for a lifetime.

  1. Use a pumice stone or abrasive foot scrub regularly to keep calluses and other rough spots under control. If left too long, those thick, hardened areas can become painful, dry and even infected.
  2. Treat your feet to a soothing and invigorating footbath. Sit comfortably and immerse your feet in a small tub of warm water. Add a cup of marbles and roll your feet around on top of them to stimulate nerve endings. Try picking up the marbles with your toes while you arch and stretch your feet to give your arches and muscles a soothing workout.
  3. Convince a friend or partner to give you a relaxing foot massage. For tips on giving a great massage, visit SheKnows  .
  4. Did you know that the skin on your feet doesn’t have any oil glands? That means lubricating and softening that skin is your job! Just be careful about slathering cream all over your feet and then walking barefoot. If you’re going to use a moisturizer on your feet, make sure to put on natural-fiber socks afterward. It will help keep the cream where it needs to be and keep you safer when you’re walking around the house.
  5. Make sure you’re wearing the correct size shoe. Our feet change as we age, so what you were wearing at 20 may not be the size you need now. Measure your feet while standing when you buy shoes to make sure you’re getting a size that isn’t going to cramp your style—literally!
  6. While you’re at it, get new shoes to replace those old ones that no longer have the support mechanisms you need to keep your legs, feet and back properly supported.
  7. Trim your toenails regularly and properly to avoid ingrown toenails. This short YouTube video will give you some tips for proper nail trimming.

Make sure you check your feet regularly for any signs of trouble. Athletes foot and other fungal and bacterial infections, corns and calluses and ingrown toenails are all common foot ailments that can usually be easily treated. However, make sure to check with your doctor or podiatrist before diagnosing or treating any foot problems yourself, especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation, as you’re more prone to infection. In fact, if you are a diabetic it’s wise to schedule an appointment to have your doctor check your feet at least once a year.1

Our feet take us on summer strolls, down church aisles, to first birthday parties, over cobblestones, and along sandy beaches. Treat them right so they’ll always be ready to take you anywhere you want to go.

For more information on basic foot care visit Foot Care Nurses.

SOURCES

1 http://www.simcoefootcare.com/library/3762/BasicFootCareGuidelines.html

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