Our feet is a marvel of engineering and since it has some of the toughest jobs in the body. We place a lot of wear and tear in our feet over the course of our life. Most often than not, it is our feet that receives the least attention.
We don’t need a very expensive spa treatment to take care of our feet. Spending a few minutes a day on foot care and choosing the right shoe can go a long way in keeping our feet healthy.
It is very easy to overlook the importance of healthy feet. But if you thing about the stress that our feet goes through everyday then proper foot care is a must. The best way to keep your feet healthy is a regimen of daily care to keep them healthy and function properly. To learn more about the importance of everyday foot care, consult a doctor. Dr. Paul Klein is a podiatrist who specializes in helping people with foot disorders.
Here are the ways on how to care for your feet:
- Wash your feet daily with a washcloth carefully and gently. Soap your feet thoroughly and use a brush as you wash your feet under the faucet. After washing, dry your feet especially the area between the toes where fungal infections can develop completely. This will lessen feet problems such as odor, fungus, athlete’s foot, and bacteria.
- Do not use Epsom salt when soaking your feet as this might destroy our skin’s natural oils. Use a lukewarm water instead and a liquid soap that contain skin softening ingredients.
- Moisturize your feet all over except between the toes after shower using a cream, lotion, or petroleum jelly.
- Alternate the shoes you wear every day to avoid foot odor and infections and change socks more than once a day.
- Wear shoes that fit well and have proper arch support.
- Avoid walking barefoot and wearing flip flops to prevent flat feet to develop. Minimize the amount of time wearing shoes that does not provide proper arch support.
- Check feet for any problem and visit a podiatrist, at least, annually.
- Do not ignore any foot related conditions because this can have a serious effect in our daily routine. If you are not able to walk comfortably, you stop being physically active. A sedentary lifestyle can cause major health problems like cancer or heart disease. Schedule an appointment with your doctor or a podiatrist when the pain in your feet keeps you from moving around or exercising.