healthy feetA lifetime of moving around takes a toll on your feet. Often, we don’t take as good of care for our feet as we should.

By taking our feet for granted, and not giving them regular, constant TLC, we’re bound to face possible, potentially painful and debilitating consequences.

The regular habit of caring for your feet will be easier when taught at a young age. When children are raised in a way that stresses the importance of proper foot care, the more likely they will carry the habit into adulthood and potentially spare themselves from the pain, discomfort and reduced functioning and mobility of common foot problems.

Even adults can benefit by starting the resolve to establish a regular foot care routine.

Here are some foot care ideas to teach your children (and yourself):

Clip toenails

Clipping toenails may not be an enjoyable task. It may be tedious and time-consuming. Cutting the toenails of young ones can be a challenge, but with persistence and patience it will pay off by reducing the risk of ingrown toenails.

Give Yourself Regular Foot Massages

Muscle and tendon strains and tears, joint breakdown and the reduction of padding on the heel and ball of feet can occur from constantly being on one’s feet.

Regular foot massages can loosen up tight muscles, tendons, and stiff joints. Massages boost blood flow and circulation which can help reduce soreness, inflammation, and pain. Pinched nerves and joints that may have accidentally gotten tweaked out of alignment can also be eased through foot massages.

When you get back home after a long day, besides taking off your shoes and propping them up on the couch, try to also incorporate a massage.

Wear Comfortable, Properly-Fitting Shoes

Shoes that are the right size are not only comfortable to wear, but they can save you from possible, excruciating foot pain. Bunions, corns, and calluses are common foot ailments that are caused by ill-fitting shoes.

Limit the Wear of Heels and Tight Shoes

The frequent wearing of heels or shoes that are tight-fitting can cause bunions and other foot issues associated with friction and toe misalignment.

Protect Feet from Unnecessary Injury

The excessive tendency of walking barefoot on hot, sharp, rough surfaces can cause scratches, burns and possible infections to the bottom of your feet.

While some research has been done alluding to benefits of going barefoot or wearing footwear that is flat and replicates that of bare feet, this approach should be used with caution. Walking on hot sand or pavement barefoot can lead to burns and walking on sharp, uneven, rough surfaces can lead to bruising and scratching which can lead to painful infections.

Wear Socks

Some shoes can feet comfortable without socks. Loafers and certain tennis shoes fell cooler and more spacious without socks. While wearing socks in some instances may seem unnecessary, you’re potentially putting the health of your feet at risk.

Calluses, bunions, corns, and warts are often caused by the friction between the toes, heel, and side of the feet and the inside of shoes.

Socks remove this friction as well as offer odor and sweat protection and cushioning for the bottom of the foot.

 

These are simple foot care ideas children and adults can adopt to reduce their risk of getting painful foot problems in the future.

For those that are already suffering from foot pain and discomfort, contact us at Advanced Foot and Ankle Center and our specialists will be more than willing to diagnose and help find the best treatment for your foot pain and discomfort.

Our specialists have many years of experience and our offices offer a variety of foot care products, including orthotics to help treat your foot care needs.