With years of wearing shoes, walking and standing for long periods of time, is it any wonder we need to be kind to our feet? Our feet have supported us all these years and it is important that we should do a few things to take care of them.
Be sure to take a look at your feet at least once a day. When looking at your feet be sure to look for bruises, cuts, blisters and ingrown toenails. If you are a diabetic be sure to check your feet in the morning and at night. If you have trouble seeing your feet, ask a family member to help you.
Put Those Feet Up
When you are sitting down where are your feet? Many people do not realize that they are crossing their legs or twisting them in unnatural ways. When you are sitting down try to put your feet up. By having your feet up when you are sitting the circulation will improve. Others ways to improve circulation in your feet is by stretching, walking, warm foot baths, and gentle foot massage.
Always Wear Shoes When Outside
Be sure your feet are completely dry before putting shoes on. Always wear shoes when you are going outside. If you are sitting for a long time be sure to get up and walk around for a bit. If you do have a habit of crossing your legs when sitting, uncross them or reverse them.
A Step in the Right Direction
- Always be sure your shoes fit properly. Your feet are the largest at the end of the day so this is a good time to have them measured. And remember, your foot size also changes with age so be sure to have your feet measured each time you purchase new shoes.
- When trying on new shoes always stand up straight. Make sure there is about ½” between the end of the shoes and your toes.
- The ball of your foot should fit comfortably in the widest part of the shoe. If the shoes feel too snug then ask for the next ½ size larger.
- The upper part of the shoe must be made from a flexible material. If a shoe pinches the top of your foot, find a different pair of shoes.
- Soles should be non-slip. Thicker soles will cushion the feet.
- Try to choose footwear with low heels. Shoes with low heels will cause less damage than those with high heels.
When to Call Your Foot Specialist
If you experience foot pain that does not subside be sure to make an appointment with your foot specialist. Quality Foot Care is important and taking care of your feet can avoid serious problems in the future.