Guest feature by Sharon Neal,
Owner of Neatfeet Cymru
They’re the first things up in the morning and the last things into bed at night!
Do you give your feet the respect and love 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, including between your toes! Use a long-handled brush or sponge to help you out if you can’t reach.
Dry off completely, especially 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 you feet after washing them. Take the time to find a good quality foot cream – your feet will definitely appreciate it! If you can, invest in a good foot massage – which will help relieve the tension in your feet.
- Alternate the shoes you wear. That may mean buying 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 and pointed shoes shouldn’t begin narrowing until well past the ball of your foot. To protect your achilles tendon from shortening, alternate heel heights and flat shows regularly.
Remember lots of things can affect your feet – ageing, health and diabetes are just a few.
As we age we lose some of the cushioning fat on the balls of the feet, so choose shoes that provide good cushioning and shock absorption.
Diabetes can develop serious conditions related to the foot and lower leg – so make sure you check them daily.
About the Author
Sharon Neal, of Neatfeet Cymru is a fully qualified Foot Health Practitioner offering a wide range of specialist foot health treatments to all age groups.
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