The Keys To Maintaining Good Foot Health
Your feet are an important part of your body. This may seem like an obvious statement, however, many people do not take into account the fact that as load-bearing structures your feet are under tremendous strain and maintaining good foot health is an important contributing factor to enjoying a great quality of life.
So how do we ensure that our feet continue to provide faithful and pain-free service for the course of our lives?
There are in fact a number of simple steps that we can take to ensure the health of our feet.
Firstly, prevention is better than cure – and when it comes to your feet, or in Dutch, your “kalknagel“, this is certainly true. Have a close look at your feet on a regular basis (a great time is after a shower or bath). Note if there is any discoloration or texture change. If you do note these keep monitoring (passing environmental issues can be to blame). If the condition(s) persist see a doctor.
That shower or bath is important. Make sure that your feet are clean. Check and dry between the toes where fungus and other microorganisms can flourish. Use a product such as Baby Powder to ensure that the area remains dry. If you note itchiness then make use of a medicated powder.
If you are suffering from constant foot pain don’t ignore the issue. Consult a podiatric physician. Some issues will simply get worse, rather than better over time.
There are very few people who enjoy the task of cutting their toenails. But make sure that when you do you cut straight across. Do not contour the cut right into the corners, this can cause ingrown toenails.
Lastly. Make sure that your socks are made from natural materials where possible (cotton and wool are great) and ensure that your shoes fit properly. Consult a store assistant when purchasing shoes. Even if you have been wearing the same size and fit for years that is no guarantee that it is correct. Also, remember that feet can change over time (for instance during pregnancy).
By paying attention to your feet you will enjoy great foot health – and often this is vital to the enjoyment of a pain-free and productive lifestyle.