Tips on taking care of your feet
Most of the time your feet take a beating without you even realizing it. Often, it's not until you feel pain that you begin to consider the health of your feet.
Did you know up to four times your body weight gets placed on the joints in your feet during every step?
With all that weight, it’s a good idea to give your feet a little extra attention. Here are a few tips to help take care of your feet and prevent foot conditions:
1. Be shoe smart.
Too many smart people often wear not-so-smart shoes. It's important to take a few things into consideration when you're buying a shoe. The first is to go shopping in the evening. Late in the day, your feet are tired and most relaxed/stretched. By doing your shopping in the evening, you'll be able to get the right fit for the whole day.
Next, be extra sure that you're buying the right size. If you shoe length or width is too small, it can cause a number of conditions like hammer toes, corns, ingrown toenails etc. With that said, overly large shoes can cause problems like calluses and blisters. As you can see, finding the right fit is very important. If you'd like more detail on selecting the right size shoe, check out our previous post.
Finally, pick a style of shoe that has the right support for you. A comfortable every day shoe that breathes well and doesn't trap your toes is a smart style choice. Most high heels do not provide support and can be extremely damaging to your foot's structure. Pick a round toe shoe so that each of your digits has enough room to be stretched out fully, with no cramping or pinching inwards.
2. Get daily foot exercise.
Each foot is made up of 26 bones and a collection of ligaments, tendons, nerves, and muscles. It's important to get your foot muscles the exercise they need to stay strong. Go out for a walk every day if you can. The length of the walk isn't as important as just getting out there and doing it. Keep your ligaments, tendons, and joints flexible and loose while strengthening the muscles in your feet!
3. Wash your feet thoroughly.
Make sure you give your feet an extra scrub every day. Your feet tend to be a hotspot for bacteria and fungus. No special foot washes or scrubbers are needed, just some good old-fashioned h2o and soap. If you are diabetic make sure your washing with the correct temperature water and soap that does not irritate your skin
For those of you who have dry and cracking skin, it's important to put on lotion. We recommend 2x/day. It doesn't have top be a specific brand, but try to get a colourless, non-scented lotion. REMEMBER: do not put lotion in between your toes!
5. Wear socks.
Wearing socks gives your feet an extra layer of protection. Calluses and blisters form much easier when you don't wear socks regularly. Additionally, if you are over-weight, are prone to varicose veins, or have bad circulation it is important to wear compression stockings. Compression stockings will assist with blood flow and alleviate added stress on your veins. Compression stockings are recommended for:
6. Avoid immediate skin contact in public areas.
Children, teenagers, and adults alike should all bring personal footwear when you're around a public pool, shower, change room, etc. These areas are common breeding grounds for bacteria, viruses, fungus and other pathogens. By bringing and wearing your own footwear, you will decrease direct contact and prevent spreading. Likewise, if you do have any foot condition it is important that you always wear shoes in public area's to avoid passing it along to others.
Please contact us at the Waterloo Foot Clinic if you have any questions about any material mentioned in this blog post or any of our other posts.
The Waterloo Foot Clinic Team
8/4/2015 06:18:26 am
It is one thing to have very stylish shoes and other to get something that your feet are going to like. You don't want to get the shoes because they look nice. A lot of the nicer shoes, especially dress shoes, can ruin your feet if you wear them all the time. I think that a lot of people should take comfort over looks.
8/17/2017 08:56:00 am
I agree that it is important to consider the arch dimensions of your foot when choosing a shoe. I have really flat feet so I would probably do well with some flatter tools. I think I might see a podiatrist so that I can be sure of exactly what kind of shoe I need.
Thanks a lot for mentioning how a way to care for your feet is to find the type of shoes that can provide the right support for them. It is important to remember that doing some research and consulting with a professional can help you find the best way to care for your type of feet. My wife has been complaining about pain coming from her feet and we want to make sure we know how to care for them, so I'll keep your page in mind as we look for a professional to help us out.
8/3/2018 10:32:57 am
I really like your tip to try and find a shoe that doesn't cramp your toes when you wear them! My wife really likes to go hiking, and sometimes she complains to me that her toes are aching from all of her hikes. I will be sure to suggest to her that she looks into finding a shoe that won't cramp her toes!
8/24/2018 02:16:21 pm
I really appreciate your tip to exercise your feet daily. My wife said that her feet are hurting her recently. I will be sure to suggest to her that she starts to exercise her feet!
12/31/2020 08:29:26 am
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Matthew Doyle DCh, Chiropody Foot Specialist