Guest Author - Elizabeth Brennan
Your feet are your primary means of mobility so it makes sense to take care of your feet. Improper attention to your feet will result in corns, calluses, ingrown toenails, hammertoes and bunions. Many foot problems can be avoided if proper care is taken of feet. However in many cases feet are the last parts of our body which we care for. Far more attention is given to hair, face and hands.
Many foot problems are caused by badly fitting shoes. Choose footwear
with care Have your foot measured before you buy shoes. Most people have one foot larger than the other so when trying on shoes fit them on the larger foot. Make sure there is a ˝inch of space between the top of your longest toe and the toe of the shoe. The ball of your foot should fit comfortably into the widest part of the shoe and not feel pinched or squeezed. Low heels are better than high heels but if you must wear high heels wear them for the shortest possible time. Do not make the mistake of buying shoes that are too small for you hoping they will stretch. They may but not before you have developed a corn or callus or blisters .
Daily foot care is important. Feet should be washed carefully in mild soap or shower gel and dried properly especially between the toes. Nails should be cut straight across and not too short. Use a pumice stone to rub hard skin around the heels and underfoot. Moisturise the feet with a good moisturising cream.
Keep blood circulating to your feet when you are sitting down by doing circular exercises with your feet. Simply lift your feet and draw circles clockwise and anti clockwise in the air with your big toe or wave with your foot by stretching it out and back in front of you. Smoking and drinking too much coffee can restrict blood circulation to many parts of the body including the feet so if possible cut down on these two substances. Treat yourself occasionally to a foot massage or long foot bath.
If you are prone to sweaty feet dust your feet with talcum powder several times a day. This helps prevent fungal infections such as athlete’s foot which thrive in warm damp conditions. Talc also helps keep feet cool in warm weather. Wearing leather footwear instead of footwear made from synthetic materials helps reduce the problem of sweaty feet as leather being a natural material can breathe.
Keep a little tin of petroleum jelly handy for times when you feel shoes tight or rubbing. Rub the affected area with a little gel and this will reduce the friction and help you avoid blisters.
Of course if you injure your foot or feet, have any sensations such as burning, pins and needles, cramps, cold feet, or swelling which persist seek medical help immediately. Many more serious circulatory problems present first in the feet.
Look after your feet .They will repay you with a lifetime of good mobility and enjoyment. This book may help you appreciate your feet and care for them.