Do your feet hurt at the end of the day? Most people don’t think to take care of their feet until they start hurting. However, your feet are very important because they take a brunt of the impact with each step that you take on a daily basis. Plus, your feet are responsible for keeping you upright and helping you keep your balance. It is important to take care of your feet.
Disclosure: I received a pair of Hydrofeet® water insoles in order to facilitate this post. All opinions are 100% my own.
What Common Ailments Affect your Feet?
Here is a list of common ailments that could affect your feet:
- ingrown toenails
- foot odor
- dry, cracked feet
- fallen arches
- broken toes
- and other foot problems that could affect your mobility or cause discomfort
Most of these ailments can be prevented with a little bit of TLC and simple foot care. Try these tips to help keep your feet healthy and prevent problems.
Wear Proper Fitting Shoes
It is very important that you wear proper fitting shoes. Women often enjoy wearing high heels can actually damage the bones in your feet. If you noticed problems with your toes, you might consider wearing flats or other types of shoes on instead of high heels.
Shoes that are also too small can cause ingrown toenails, corns, and even cause your toes to curl (referred to as hammer toe). So if you notice that your shoes are too tight, you should invest in some new shoes. I know that when I was pregnant with my children my feet grew several times due to the muscles in my feet relaxing.
Also, shoes that are too big can also cause problems too. Some of these problems include: problems with your heel slipping, blisters, calluses, heel pain, and uneven wear on your shoes.
Next time you are planning on purchasing shoes, keep this information handy so that you can find the right pair of shoes. There are even some types of shoes that are bad for your feet no matter how well they fit you.
Don’t forget to consider the materials that you are selecting too. Make sure that your shoes are breathable so that your feet aren’t constantly sweating. If you can afford multiple pairs of shoes, you are have a huge advantage because you can rotate your shoes so that they have a chance to completely dry before you wear them again. This will help cut down on getting foot fungus problems.
Wash your Feet Daily
Make sure that you take the time to wash your feet very well every day. It is best to use a wash cloth with a mild soap and water on your feet. Then wash between your toes too!
You can soak your feet but don’t use hot water. Using hot water that is too hot tends to dry out your feet. Instead, use luke warm water and a moisturizing soap.
You should exercise caution when going to get a pedicure at a spa. Getting a pedicure comes with its own health risks including: fungus, bacteria, or warts. Some of the salons don’t always follow proper procedures when it comes to using sterilized tools. Also, skip the salon if you have any open wounds or shaved in the last 48 hours. You are more at risk for getting an infection.
Moisturize your Feet
It is important to moisturize your feet frequently. Your feet have a tendency to dry out easier because there are fewer oil glands. You can use lotion or coconut oil to moisturize your feet.
Wear Good Insoles
If your feet are hurting, you can add a new pair of insoles to your shoes such as Hydrofeet® water insoles. My husband has foot problems and was complaining that his feet were always hurting. When I received an offer to test out the Hydrofeet® insoles, I ordered a pair for my husband. He put them in his shoes and it has made a huge difference. The Hydrofeet® adapt to your feet and it feels like you are walking on water. They even come with a 3 year product warranty but you have to register your insoles after you receive them.
Add Exercise to your Routine
Just like any other muscle in your body, you need to continually exercise your feet to keep them strong and healthy. If you do have pain in your feet, you might need to see a doctor to rule out any potential problems before you start an exercise program. Then start slowly adding exercise such as walking to your routine. Walking 20 to 30 minutes several times a day can have additional health benefits too.
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