By following the advice in Feet Well-Being and How can I prevent athletes foot? You can keep your feet healthy and happy – and prevent common foot conditions from reoccurring in the future.
Also make sure you’re selecting the right shoes – poor fitting ones can cause or perpetuate weather and climate related foot problems. For other conditions, such as athlete’s foot, make sure you seek proper treatment.
Caring for your feet
Follow these steps for healthy, happy feet. Begin by regularly washing them with warm water and gentle soap. Afterwards, dry your feet thoroughly, especially in the crevices between your toes. If they appear dry, apply a little lotion.
Examining your feet
Just like we should examine the rest of our skin for irregularities, our feet need extra attention, too. On a regular basis, take time to look over your feet, paying close attention to any cuts, blisters, calluses, corns or signs of athlete’s foot.
Relaxing your feet
Just like our minds require a break from daily work, our feet also need a chance to relax and breathe. Find a short window of time during the day when you can take off your shoes and give your feet a short stretch. They’ll definitely appreciate it. If you have a little more time, ask your partner for a foot massage, or treat yourself to a footbath and a pedicure. Both feel wonderful, and relax your feet and soul.
Walking means happy feet
Your feet feel best when doing what they were designed for: walking. Keeping your feet happy and healthy even comes with an added bonus: walking – the best exercise for your feet – also promotes all around good health.
Exercising your feet and toes
In addition to external care, your feet benefit from exercise and stretches. Walking barefoot is an excellent and simple way to strengthen them. Just kick of your shoes and walk around – in the sand, if possible – for an ideal way to relax and build muscles in your feet and toes.
Big toe stretches: Put a thick rubber band around your two big toes and try to pull them away from each other. Hold the position for 5 seconds. Repeat 5 to 10 times.
Toe stretches: Put a rubber band around all the toes of one foot and spread your toes. Hold the position for 5 seconds. Repeat 5 to 10 times.
Golf ball massage: Roll a golf ball with the sole of your left foot for about 2 minutes. Now switch to your right one. This exercise feels good and is great for arch strain.
Towel clinches: Place a small towel on the floor and pick it up with your toes. Hold for 5 seconds. Repeat 5 times with each foot. Especially toe-cramp sufferers will enjoy this one.
Selecting the right shoes
Wearing comfortable shoes that fit well is a key part of taking care of your feet, and your entire body. Uncomfortable, ill-fitting shoes can actually throw off your posture, leading to backaches – in addition to sore feet.
Alternating the shoes you wear is important, too. Shoes absorb moisture while you wear them and need sufficient time – at least 24 hours – to fully dry out before they are worn again.
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