So many of us are so busy looking at our faces, our hair and our hands and how they look that we consistently forget about another part of our body that needs our care and attention our feet.
Yes, foot care is important and there is no escaping that fact. But how can we better look after our feet?
Below are some great tips to help you create a better foot care regimen. Healthier feet will benefit your well-being in ways you don’t even realise.
1. Check Them Daily
So many problems with our feet are caused just by not taking the time to look at them and see how they’re doing. You should take a few minutes of your time each day to take a closer look at your feet and look for any signs of problems.
You can look for sores, swelling, broken skin, infected or discoloured nails, cuts and more. It needn’t even take more than a minute, and you can do it right before you put your socks on.
2.Keep Skin Between Toes Dry
Many issues with feet stem from trapped moisture in between your toes. In order to prevent this, keeping that area dry is a must.
It’s not just a question of drying them after washing or showering, but also avoiding the use of moisturisers and creams there that will just make them wet again. Work to keep those areas dry.
3. Change Socks Regularly
It’s essential to at least wear one clean pair of socks a day, but switching to a fresh pair during the day can also help. An easy way to manage it is to wear one pair per major part of your day.
For most adults, that would mean wearing one pair of socks at work, and then changing into a fresh pair when you come home in the afternoon or evening.
Make sure you change your socks after doing any kind of sporting activity, too.
4. Rotate Your Shoes
Wearing the exact same pair of shoes all day every day can actually be bad for your feet. It’s a better idea to have a few pairs and then rotate between them.
None of your shoes should be tight-fitting or even a little uncomfortable. Discomfort when wearing shoes should be treated like organ rejection in medicine – it’s not a match, so make a change. You should also minimize the amount of time you spend in flip-flops because these don’t provide your feet with enough arch support.
5. File the Corners of Your Nails
When cutting your toenails, it’s important to remember that their shape is actually somewhat different from your fingernails.
Most people correctly clip or cut them straight across, which is right, but then there are the corners to deal with which can be tricky on toenails. It’s best to file them with an emery board or nail file in order to prevent them from becoming ingrown.
6. Wash in Warm Water, but Don’t Overbathe
Foot baths are nice, but soaking your feet for too long can leave them dried out. A better foot care tip is to wash feet with warm soapy water antibacterial soap is best and then dry them off using a soft towel and also foot powder.
Doing this every day is important for good foot care.
7. Wear Moisture-wicking Socks
Another good sock tip is to find socks that are effective in moisture-wicking. This is important for those whose feet sweat more than average.
If your sock is helping you keep your foot dry, especially the area between the toes, then the sock is helping your foot stay healthy.
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