Walking, running, jumping, even sitting for long periods of time, are all tough activities on one part of your body: your feet.
Foot pain is quite common and people normally see a Podiatrist to treat more severe foot problems.
However, better foot care can prevent many of these problems. You don’t necessarily need to do much for proper foot care; in fact, you just have to avoid a few things to maintain your feet in good health.
The “first step” is not to wear shoes that do not fit properly. Improper shoe wear is responsible for the majority of issues including poor blood circulation and calluses. Your heel should fit comfortably in the shoe with a minimum amount of slipping. The shoes should not ride up and down on your heel when you walk. Make sure to walk in the shoes for proper fit before you buy them.
The second step is easily ignored by many people. Try to avoid sitting for long periods of time with your legs crossed, as you tend to put all the weight of your legs on one heel. This simple detail can create poor blood circulation. You can do a few things to keep blood circulating such as putting your feet up when you are sitting or lying down, stretching if you’ve had to sit for a long while, walking, or having a gentle foot massage.
Try not to expose your feet to cold temperatures. An occasional warm foot bath can do wonders for the skin of your feet. Foot care products can help with most issues. Look for a good foot balm, cream or moisturizer lotion.
Remember: problems with your feet can lead to more serious medical conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, and circulatory disorders.
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