Here’s Why Our Feet are Important:
If the roots of a tree are healthy and strong there is a good (if not certain) indication that the rest of the plant will be healthy and strong. If the foundation of a particular building is firm and stable the rest of the structure will be sturdy and able to withstand a variety of weather conditions and damage. Now let’s take a look at our bodies. It is a structure, like a building, and our feet are the foundation of that structure.
Think of the huge role our feet play in our everyday lives. Our feet touch the ground whenever we stand, walk and run. They are connected to our legs which cause us to move. They are the beginning and the end of the “gait” or walking cycle, which help us move from one place to another smoothly.
No doubt we put our feet under a lot of stress. Just from a normal day of walking while at work or as you’re doing chores around the house, or running after your children. Unfortunately, it is easy to take our feet from granted. It’s about time we stop neglecting our feet in order to prevent injuries or illnesses. Prevention is key. Here are some measures you can take to make sure your feet stay healthy and strong while lowering your chances of illnesses such as athlete’s foot and bunions.
3 Ways to Prevent Foot Problems
Wash Your Feet
Don’t forget to wash your feet with a washcloth and soap while you’re taking a shower. And yes, that includes washing between your toes. If you can’t balance on one foot then sit down on a chair in the shower outside the tub as you wash your feet under the faucet. Once you’ve washed them make sure to dry them completely, especially between the toes, because that’s where bacteria and fungi can grow if its too damp which can cause athlete’s foot or bad odor.
Choose the Right Shoes
The key for choosing the right shoes is to go with your comfort level. You want to make sure your feet have enough room to move around. The worst thing you can do is suffocate your feet in tight shoes. This will cause problems with your feet on the long run and can even lead to back pain and headaches. Walk around in the pair of your choice for a while, if something is bothering you don’t think, “I just need to break them in”, they should be comfortable from the start. For more detailed tips for choosing the right shoes visit Harvard.edu.
If your feet are in pain address it as soon as possible. Do not wait for the pain to go away. You may need to try a variety of things; massage it, bathe it in hot water, alternate your shoes, or see a doctor. Pain can lead to serious foot issues like bunions, distorted foot shapes or uneven growth which can be harder to take care of as time goes on.