5 Ways to Take Care of Your Feet
Feet carry all of our weight but are usually neglected. While easy to forget, it pays to take care of them.
Chronic foot pain and common foot problems (such as tendinitis, bunions, and arthritis) can increasingly limit mobility as we age. However, if you take precautions and take care of your feet daily and wear proper footwear, you can help preserve — or even improve — your foot health and mobility. Here are five foot health tips to help prevent pain or help reduce the risk of foot health issues.1
Manage Your Weight
According to Harvard Health, being overweight can impact your feet because of the extra load on them with each step. It can increase health risks such as arthritis in your feet and cause foot pain or other foot health conditions. You can also run the risk of poor blood circulation, diabetes and other health issues that may lead to loss of sensation in the feet.2
Wear Good Shoes
Shoe trends may come and go, but with that can come uncomfortable shoes that may cause skin irritation or other foot health risks. Wearing comfortable shoes can be one of the best preventative measures you can take to aid in foot health. If you’re on your feet daily, choose a shoe that’s comfortable, supportive, and fits you properly.
Shop for Shoes in the Afternoon
Your feet swell up as the day goes on, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association. So, it’s recommended that you try on shoes when your feet are at their largest. This will help ensure that they are comfortable when you wear them daily. Also, make sure to measure both feet as most people have two different sizes. Always order the larger size.3
Wear Proper-Fitting Socks
Make sure to wear socks that fit your fit. Pay attention to the foot and ankle width and find socks that do not cut off circulation. Also, wearing seamless socks can help prevent skin irritation. 3
Do Foot Stretches
Throughout the day take a few moments to do foot stretches and exercises. A periodic ankle flex, toe wiggle, and calf stretch can help keep the blood flowing. 4
A little preventative foot care goes a long way to maintain good foot health. Discover more ways to take care of your feet with these 14 foot health tips.
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