What Your Feet Wish You Knew
By Sara Butler
Your feet are your foundation. If they're not cared for appropriately, then it can make a big difference in your overall health and wellness. Many people have foot problems over the course their lives, but you don't have to be one of them if you can follow a few simple foot-care tips.
Put Your Feet First
Over the course of your daily life, you may not focus too much on the care of your feet. You put a lot of stress and pressure on your feet each day. The shoes you wear, the amount you walk, and even the type of exercise you participate in can make a big difference in the health of your feet.
To care of your feet, you should:
- Wash and dry your feet before putting on shoes
- Moisturize your feet before going to bed
- Maintain proper hygiene of your feet
- Trim your nails regularly but be careful not to go too short or you risk getting an ingrown toenail
- Wear shoes that fit well and give your feet enough room
- Wear high heels only on special occasions since daily wear can be bad for your feet and the rest of your body
- Look at your feet regularly in order to make sure there are no changes or problems
If you notice any issues with your feet, don't ignore them. Instead, bring them to the attention of your doctor.
Common Foot Issues
Over the course of your life, you may encounter some issues with your feet. Some are big problems and others are small, but they all should be addressed if they develop. Some of the most common foot problems include:
- Athlete's foot - This fungal infection is quite common and you don't have to be an athlete to get it! The fungus often grows between the toes if your feet are often very hot and moist. It can be itchy, which is why it's important to treat. You should also frequently change socks if you tend to have sweaty feet.
- Blisters -- When the skin of your feet rubs against your shoe, then a blister can develop. These fluid-filled bubbles help to protect the injured skin underneath, which is why you shouldn't pop a blister. Instead, care for it as you would any minor wound to help prevent infection and promote proper healing.
Caring for your feet is just as important as caring for any other part of you. If you need help learning how to care for your feet the right way, the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic can help you learn how.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Woodland Hills, Calif.