Our feet are what carry us through life. They support our body weight and get us where we need to go. Yet, it’s so easy to neglect our feet. We cram them into tight shoes, wear high heels, and walk on hard surfaces. April is National Foot Health Awareness Month, the perfect time to start giving your feet the attention they deserve.
Tips to keep your feet happy and healthy:
Choose the right footwear
Wearing the wrong shoes can lead to problems like blisters, corn, and even more severe issues like plantar fasciitis. Make sure you are wearing shoes that fit correctly and provide enough support. If high heels are a must for you, try to limit how long you wear them and get a pair with a lower heel.
Practice good hygiene
Our feet are susceptible to fungal infections like athlete’s foot and toenail fungus, especially in moist environments like locker rooms and public showers. Always wear flip-flops in these areas, and dry your feet thoroughly after showering or bathing. In addition, regularly trim your toenails to prevent ingrown toenails, and apply moisturizer to your feet to prevent dryness and cracked skin.
Stretch and exercise
Like the rest of our body, our feet benefit from stretching and exercise. For example, try rolling a tennis ball under your foot or stretching your toes to keep your feet limber. Regular exercise, like walking or running, helps improve circulation to your feet and strengthens the muscles in your feet and lower legs.
Rest and elevate
If you’ve been on your feet all day, take some time to rest and elevate your feet. This helps reduce swelling and fatigue in your feet and lower legs. Try propping your feet up on a pillow or foam roller while you watch TV or read a book.
See a podiatrist
If you’re experiencing chronic foot pain, don’t ignore it. Book an appointment online with us to get a professional evaluation.
Our feet take on a lot of wear and tear, so giving them proper care and attention is essential. Following these tips and practicing good foot care habits can keep your feet happy and healthy for years. So celebrate National Foot Health Awareness Month by taking the first step towards better foot health.
To Healthy Feet,
Dr. Marco Vargas DPM, FACFAS