We don’t tend to pay all too much attention to our feet. For such a complex body part, the majority of us know so little about them! But not to worry. We’re here to help. Your feet and ankles are made up of a complex system of bones, ligaments, and muscles. Each component plays a major role in allowing you to stand, walk, and take part in a whole host of activities. It’s not until you’ve taken off your feet that you begin to realize how much easier your feet make your day-to-day life for you. So it’s time to show them a little TLC! Here’s everything you need to know about maintaining the health and hygiene of your feet.
Visit a Podiatrist
If you begin to notice any problems with your feet, it’s best to consult a Foot Doctor as soon as possible. This specialist will be able to carry out a full examination, diagnosing the issue at hand and providing you with the best advice possible. The good news is that where there’s a problem, the majority of the time there will be a simple cure. It just takes a good podiatrist to be able to recognize it and resolve things in the fastest, most effective manner possible. Whether you are experiencing issues with weakness, injury, deformity, or disease, you know where to go!
Change Your Socks Regularly
There are plenty of microorganisms that can wreak havoc with your feet if left to their own devices. Take fungus, such as those that cause a condition called athlete’s foot as an example. These fungi favor warm, dark, moist spaces. Sound familiar? Well, in between your toes and creases on the sole of your foot provide the perfect habitat for them to thrive in. This is especially true if you re-wear socks time and time again. It’s generally recommended that you change your socks once a day. They should then, of course, be washed before being worn again. This is worth the time and effort. Why? Well, if you take a look at the symptoms of an athlete’s foot – itching, peeling skin, scaly rashes, and an awful smell – you won’t need much more convincing. Also opt for socks made from natural fabrics, as they are less likely to harbor as much bacteria and consequently smell better in general.
Have a Pedicure
Now, we all know that pedicures keep your feet looking great, but did you know that treating yourself to a regular pedicure can also have great health benefits? They ensure that your nails are trimmed to a good length, keep calluses at bay, remove dry and dead skin, and moisturize your skin. What’s more? A good foot massage (often incorporated into the pedicure treatment) boosts circulation in your feet too! So, if you haven’t been for a while, it’s time to treat your feet and book in for a professional pedicure.
By following these simple steps, you can help to ensure that your feet are as clean and healthy as possible at all times. None of them are too difficult and most of the time responsibility is passed to a professional who will undertake the hard work for you.