As the weather becomes increasingly warmer, winter shoes are put aside and sandals are now the footwear of choice. During cold weather, we cover our feet with socks and heavy shoes. In doing this we also cover up foot problems that our feet may have..
As we start gearing up to wear those pretty little sandals, we now want to spend time on the problems that have been hidden all winter.
Let’s start with the Top Ten Foot Health Tips:
1.) Don’t ignore foot pain—it’s not normal. If the pain persists, see a doctor.
2.) Inspect your feet regularly. Pay attention to changes in color and temperature of your feet. Look for thick or discolored nails(a sign of developing fungus), and check for cracks or cuts in the skin. Peeling or scaling on the soles of feet could indicate athlete’s foot. Any growth on the foot is not considered normal.
3.) Wash your feet regularly, especially between the toes, and be sure to dry them completely.
4.) Trim toenails straight across, but not too short. Be careful not to cut nails in corners or on the side; this can lead to ingrown toenails. Persons with diabetes, poor circulation, or heart problems should not treat their own feet because they are more prone to infection.
5.) Make sure your shoes fit properly
6.) Select and wear the right shoe for the activity you are engaged in (i.e. running shoes for running).
7.) Alternate shoes—don’t wear the same pair of shoes every day.
8.) Avoid walking barefoot—your feet are more prone to injury or infection at the beach or when you are wearing sandals. Always use sunblock on your feet just as on the rest of your body.
9.) Be cautious when using home remedies for foot ailments; self treatments can often turn a minor problem into a major one.
10.) If you have diabetes, it is vital that you see a podiatrist at least once a year for a check-up.
Hopefully these tips will start to get those feet sandal-ready!! Share with us what tip(s) you follow.