They’re the first things up in the morning and the last things into bed at night…….. Our feet!!
Do you give your feet the respect that they deserve?
It’s very easy to take them for granted.
They’re just there at the end of our legs putting up with walking around in flip flops or being jammed into ill fitting shoes. Being smothered inside socks and trainers.
They take hundreds of tons of force daily, that’s why feet are the body part most likely to get injured.
So how can you help them out?
Make sure that you wash regularly, between your toes too! Use a long-handled brush or sponge to help you out if you can’t reach.
Dry off completely including between your toes. This will help with such problems as Athletes foot, Foot odour, Bacteria and Fungus.
- Try a nice foot soak, make sure that you use warm water not hot water and use a little liquid soap.
- Moisturise after washing them. Find a nice foot cream and your feet will appreciate it, if you can try a good foot massage, this will relieve the tension.
- Try and alternate the shoes that you wear. That may mean two pairs of your favourite shoes…. Perfect! Shoes need time to air out to avoid foot odour and infections.
Your feet should not hurt EVER!
If you choose to wear heels, choose heels that are wide and stable. Toe boxes should be wide, pointed shoes shouldn’t begin narrowing until well past the ball of your foot. To protect your Achilles tendon from shortening alternate heel heights regularly.
Remember lots of things can affect your feet: ageing, health and Diabetes are just a few.
Older people lose some of the cushioning fat on the balls of the feet, choose shoes that provide good cushioning and shock absorption.
- Diabetes can develop serious conditions related to the foot and lower leg.
- Check them daily
- Don’t regret not looking after them, remember… healthy feet are happy feet
About the Author…
Sharon Neal, of Neatfeet Cymru is a fully qualified Foot Health Practitioner offering a full range of specialist foot health treatments to all age groups.
Sharon is able to provide foot health services to people in the comfort of their own homes, workplaces, nursing & care homes and health units.