Pay attention to your feet to keep them healthy
We all remember to brush our hair and clean our teeth but how many of us remember to pay attention to our feet? We need to maintain our feet to keep them healthy.
You might not realise the stresses and strains that we subject our feet to every single day. Poor fitting shoes, high heels, walking on hard surfaces and even just standing still can take its toll on our feet.
Your feet take the weight of your whole body so it’s easy to understand how even a small problem can quickly lead to discomfort. Foot problems can affect the way you walk and this, in turn, can cause knee, hip and back problems.
The good news is that looking after your feet can prevent most of these problems.
The better news is that there are healthcare professionals who can identify issues and help you to treat them. In particular, podiatrists have the knowledge and expertise to help you make improvements to your foot health.
- If you are going on a long walk, prepare well ahead.
- Take your shoes for a ‘trial walk’ to break them in.
- Begin your walk at a slow pace and increase speed gradually. This will give the muscles, bones tendons and ligaments that make up your feet the chance to get used to the activity.
The College of Podiatry have suggested some general tips to keep your feet feeling great.
- Wash your feet every day in warm soapy water, and dry thoroughly especially between the toes.
- Trim toenails regularly with proper nail clippers. Cut them straight across, not too short and not down at the corners as this can lead to ingrowing toenails.
- If you have dry skin, applying moisturiser before going to bed will help keep your skin supple and more resistant to injury.
- Always wear the correct fitting shoes for each exercise and surface. When buying new shoes, always try on both shoes.
- Buy shoes in the afternoon when your feet are at their largest.
- Shoes should not slip at the back and should be wide enough, there should be no pressure on the joints on the side of your foot.
- Make sure there is ½ inch (1cm) of space between your longest toe and the end of the shoe.
- Wear only good quality well-fitting socks.
Marie recently featured in an article in the Eastbourne Herald ‘Accomplished Women of Eastbourne’. You can find her at Lushington Chiropractic every Thursday & Friday Morning. If you are not sure if she can help you, book in for a complimentary chat to find out.
Call 01323 722499 to book an appointment.
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