Taking Care of Your Feet

Jan 24, 2014 by

Our feet are a body part that we tend to take for granted until something goes wrong. These little babies take the brunt of all our physical activity, and we rely on them constantly to get us from point A to point B, but how much time do we really spend on taking care of them? Properly caring for your feet is essential to your overall health and well-being, so let’s take a look at what to do, and what not to do.

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Keep Them Clean

Keeping your feet clean is about more than just keeping unpleasant smells at bay, although that’s important too, it’s about providing a healthy foundation for your whole body. Cracked heels hurt, and toenail problems can put you out of commission for weeks. Take the time every day to wash your feet thoroughly, smooth away calluses, and moisturize your feet to keep them supple and smelling great.

Keep Them Pretty

If your feet look gnarly, chances are they don’t feel too great either. Your toe nails can be a hotbed for fungus and bacteria, not to mention ingrown nails. Giving yourself a regular pedicure, or letting the salon do it, will keep your toenails healthy, and will help you to identify any problems that crop up early on. Keeping your nails trimmed will prevent ingrown nails from biting in. Even men can benefit from a coat of clear nail polish once a week or so, since this discourages funguses and bacteria from making their home in your nail.

Keep Them Comfy

Choosing the right footwear to adorn your feet with is a lot more important than you might suspect. The function of your arch, your ankle, and your range of motion all hinge on wearing the right shoes. The shoes that you wear all day at work or around the house need to be comfortable, and leave your toes plenty of room to wiggle around.

An athletic shoe needs to have good arch and ankle support, and support your foot evenly. If one side wears out before the other, replace your shoes to maintain balance. Your shoes need to protect your feet from the cold when you’re outside, and allow for proper circulation.

Keep Them Fit

When planning out your daily exercise routine, don’t forget to include your feet. Your feet have to support your entire body weight, and up to 3x more during high impact exercise. Your feet and ankles need to be properly stretched and warmed up before embarking on strenuous activity. Performing exercises that strengthen the calves, ankles and feet will help to prevent injury during exercise. When you’re done with your workout, take your shoes off and put your feet up for a little while so they can cool down and receive some extra circulation.

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