5 Daily Foot Care Tips
When you’re building a house, the foundation is the most important aspect. You want to have a firm and level foundation or else it can cause problems with literally everything in the house. Well, it is the same concept when it comes to your feet. Your feet are the foundation of your body. They hold you upright everyday and they must be properly taken care of, or it can cause problems all the way up to your hips and back (yikes!). So how can you make sure the foundation of your body is in tip-top shape? Keep reading below for a list of daily foot care tips.
1. Wear good shoes
This seems pretty straight forward, but with so many brands out there, it can be difficult to pick the right shoe. You want to make sure that you are wearing shoes that are supportive. This means that the shoe should not be very bendable or flexible. You should not be able to roll your shoe into a burrito. If you can, it is time to go shoe shopping. I have done thousands of hours of research finding shoes for every occasion. Visit our YouTube channel here to find a shoe that meets your needs!
2. Don’t go barefoot
It is very common for people to go barefoot in the house, but this can exacerbate underlying issues or cause new ones. When you are barefoot, your feet do not receive the proper support they need. You might think it’s okay because you are in the house, but your foot does not know whether it is inside or outside. Your feet need the support regardless. We recommend that people have a pair of tennis they only wear inside while they are cooking, cleaning or doing laundry. This ensures that your feet still receive proper support during high impact times.
3. Check your feet daily
Checking your feet is extremely important, especially if you are diabetic. You should check your feet daily for anything you may have stepped on unknowingly to make sure that you do not have any new wounds that need treated. It is also important to check for any new moles that may have appeared. Please make an appointment with your physician so we can properly evaluate and treat any issue that may arise.
Daily stretching is good for everyone, even if you have never had any foot problems! It keeps the muscles and ligaments in your feet and calves loose, which will prevent any future problems. Problems like plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis are caused, in part, by a lack of flexibility. Stretching is a good way to prevent these issues from occurring or reoccurring. If you don't know what stretches to do, we have just the video for you! Check out our YouTube channel here to see an instructional video with one of our physicians. If you are looking for a good stretching band or foot roller, you can shop some of my Amazon favorites here.
Have you ever been sitting or laying in bed and suddenly you get a cramp in your foot or calf? We’ve all been there. It sucks. Sometimes cramps can be caused by lack of hydration, so be sure to drink plenty of water to prevent any discomfort. Try using my favorite hydration tablets and powder from Amazon! Just add the recommended amount to your water for an extra boost of electrolytes. If staying hydrated does not help, you may need to consult a physician for further evaluation and treatment.