Daily Attention is Key to Foot Health

If you want to have all of the options that come along with optimal health—and optimal health gives you so many options in life—then you need to do certain things.

You can probably come up with those things on your own pretty quickly. Eat well, exercise for half an hour three or four times a week, and get enough sleep at night. Doing so will help your body to function its best – which then enables you to participate in your favorite activities.

Now, it might be easy to think about benefits for your heart and lungs when considering physical health, but don’t overlook your lower limbs! Remember, your feet and ankles allow you to stand, move, and be independent.

The good news about looking after your feet is the fact it doesn’t have to be that difficult or time-consuming. Actually, taking little measures on a day-to-day basis can help protect you from issues that could otherwise develop and escalate into major problems!

Let’s take a look at how daily attention is key to foot health, including doing things like:

  • Wash your feet every day. Use a mild soap—preferably antibacterial—and make sure to get between your toes (a common place for bacteria and microscopic fungal spores) to reduce your risk of infections like athlete’s foot and toenail fungus.
  • Moisturize the tops and bottoms of your feet. Using a thick moisturizing cream on the tops and bottoms of your feet will help reduce your risk of them becoming excessively dry and cracking – which is painful and increases your infection risk. Now, as we just noted, the areas between toes can have the ideal conditions for microorganisms. Since you don’t want to provide them with any extra moisture, make sure to avoid these areas when moisturizing your feet.
  • Do some stretching exercises. You don’t have to spend hours exercising your feet every day, but taking just ten minutes to keep your Achilles tendon and plantar fascia limber will lower your risk of common sources of heel pain.
  • Wear proper footwear. Your shoes need to fit in such a way that your heels are cradled, arches properly supported, and there is room in the front for toes to wiggle freely. Try to limit the amount of time you spend wearing high heels. You don’t have to give them up entirely, but maybe save them for special occasions. If you are active, make sure you wear shoes intended for the activity you are preforming.
  • Inspect your feet. This only takes a minute or two, but take the time to look over your feet and use your fingers to feel if anything is out of the ordinary. A daily foot check is absolutely essential for those who have diabetes. That said, otherwise healthy individuals can benefit from catching problems at their earliest stages as well.

For more information on what you can do to care for your feet every day, or to have any of your questions answered, call Houston Foot Specialists at (713) 496-7372.