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8 Top Tips To Keep Your Feet Healthy

As much as we all focus on giving our heart, mind and body much needed TLC, there’s another important body part which needs regular looking after: your feet. After all, they are the workhorses of your body. When you think about an average day, most of us take around 5,000 steps a day, which is close to 2.5 miles. That’s a lot of steps for our feet to be doing, not to mentioning carrying our body weight and any additional weight we add on.

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But let’s not forget the other burdens we put on our feet. We cram them into shoes (sometimes very painful heels) and stand on them for long periods of time. We keep them suffocated in warm socks or tights, meaning that sometimes, they’ll rarely see any daylight. Our hard-working feet deserve a little more attention than we’re probably giving them.

So here’s eight handy tips to follow to keep your feet nice and healthy. And remember – healthy feet contribute to a healthy body.

1. Wash your feet every day

This can be done in the shower or bath, or even just by running yourself a little foot wash in a bowl. Just use warm, soapy water and take care to dry them well, especially between your toes. If you leave any moisture on your feet, it then becomes a breeding ground for fungus to grow, causing athlete’s foot. Plus, daily washing will keep them smelling sweet and feeling fresh.

2. Do regular leg and foot exercises

One thing that a lot of people don’t realise is that by investing time in leg and foot exercises, it can actually benefit the suppleness and strength of your feet. Try to get into a routine of a combination of calf, ankle and foot exercises – it can even just be rotating your ankle round in small circles. Doing these every day to keep your feet supple and flexible, and may prevent future damage.

3 Pay attention to your socks

Again, it’s something we probably don’t give enough thought to, but by wearing well-fitting socks which are changed daily can have a massive impact on your foot health. Well fitting socks and tights will assist in supporting your feet and letting them breathe properly. Tight socks and tights can cause friction rubbing, leading to cuts and sores, and can also encourage bad odours. And it goes without saying – change them every day to avoid sweaty feet.

4. Choose the right footwear

The size and fit of the shoes you wear daily have a massive impact on your foot health too. It’s important to make sure your shoes are the right size for your feet. Look to go footwear shopping in the afternoon when your feet are at their largest, as we are all aware that heat makes your feet swell in size slightly.

If you are unsure about your exact shoe size, don’t be afraid to get your feet properly measured. A problem which is becoming more common is foot deformity by cramming feet into shoes a little too small. The constant rubbing of shoes that are too tight can cause painful blisters and bunions, which are especially common amongst women.

For this, many women chose to wear bunion correctors to ease the pain. Do bunion correctors work? Yes, they definitely slow down the growth process and comfort the bunion. However, to properly remove them, you may need to look into surgery.

When it comes to the material type for choosing the right footwear, leather shoes are always going to be the winner. They are the comfiest shoe material, as when the leather has been worn into a little bit, it’s soft, supportive and breathable. Plastic shoes and those ‘jelly’ types’ are not an ideal situation for a sweatier, hotter foot, as this can lead to all kinds of problems.

5. Trim your toenails

Make sure you use proper nail clippers or a curved nail scissor to keep your nails trimmed. Experts advise you should cut them straight across, not too short, and not down at the corners too, as this can lead to ingrowing toenails.

As well as keeping your nails in tip top shape, keep them moisturised too, along with your entire foot. If the skin on your feet is dry, put moisturiser on your feet before you go to bed, avoiding between the toes (this can lead to fungal infections). They should feel soft and silkier by morning.

6.Rotate your shoes

Try not to wear the same shoes two days in a row, to reduce your chances of developing a fungal infection. You’ll also notice that by wearing the same pair of shoes a couple of days in a row will encourage odours to develop. Try to alternate your shoes, and leave them in an open, airy place when you aren’t wearing them, so they can be exposed to air.

7. Vary your heel height

Heels are brilliant for many reasons, including giving women that extra boost of height and for improving posture. However, it’s no surprise to hear they are terrible for your feet. Try to keep high heels for special occasions only, as regular use can damage your feet. If you prefer to wear a heel, go for the more block style, or platform or wedge, so that they height is spread across the entire foot.

8. Check your feet regularly

Last but not least, make sure you check your feet for any dry skin, peeling, hard skin, fungus or infections. They can be easy to ignore, but anything left untreated can have damaging effects.

Giving your feet the once over daily will help you to spot any possible problems quickly. Just as you wouldn’t go a day without brushing your teeth, you shouldn’t you go a day without taking care your feet.

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