The feet are an essential part of the body; they bear our weight all day, and are thrust into all kinds of shoes and situations. They are used for several activities like walking, running, jogging, jumping, skipping, standing, kicking etc.; yet, most times, appropriate care is not given to them.
Taking care of your feet is one of the important things you need to know about and start doing, and there are inexpensive ways of achieving that.
You are your body parts all joined together, and when you take care of your body parts (the seemingly unimportant parts included), you are the one to gain.
Some of the ways to treat your foot right are:
1. Wash it daily. The feet are a part of the body that sweat a lot, and there are times that they are cooped up all day in your shoes. Washing the feet daily with water and mild soap, will help to keep your feet and toenails clean and free of bacteria.
2. Keep it dry. The foot left moist and unkempt, becomes a dwelling place for bacteria, fungus and all sort, resulting in cases like foot odour or athlete’s foot. When drying the feet, always remember to dry in between the toenails.
3. Moisturize it. Moisturizing your foot is a way of taking care of it and also softening it. Rub your feet with lotion or petroleum jelly, and put on clean socks before going to sleep, this will leave your feet with a smooth, soft texture when you wake up.
4. Trim your toenails. Toenails should be kept trimmed and clean. To avoid infection and ingrown nails; trim your nails straight and not curved, and don’t trim it to be too short.
5. Put on the right footwear for each occasion. High heels are cute, but they are not ideal for every event, so also, are flip-flops a necessary footwear, but they are not to be worn on certain occasions. Try to always put on the right footwear for every occasion. Heels should be worn when they are needed and that wisely.
6. Put on the right size of footwear. As the right type of footwear is a necessity, so is the right size of footwear. Undersized or oversized footwear are to be avoided, as they can cause uncomfortability, foot aches, etc.
7. Take precautions in public shower stalls. Showers are a good source for breeding bacteria because of their typically damp environment. When using the bathroom or shower (especially public ones), ensure to wear flip flops or shower shoes, do not share shoes or bathing accessories with other people.
8. Give your feet regular pedicure. Pedicure is defined by the Merriam Webster dictionary as the treatment to improve the appearance and health of the feet or toenails. It isn’t just about going to the fashion saloon to “get ’em toenails done”. It entails ensuring adequate care of the feet and toenails. You don’t necessarily need a professional for your pedicure. A regular pedicure includes but is not limited to: foot soaking, foot scrubbing , nail clipping, nail shaping, foot and calf massage.
Whenever you go for your regular checkup, remember to get your feet checked, and if you have a foot injury that is not healed up after 3 days, see your doctor.