Go barefoot when you’re at home.
The feet are a part of the body that many people often neglect. You keep your shoes on no matter where you go, including the house if you’re like me. But this can be harmful to your feet in both the short and long term. Going barefoot is one way to keep your feet healthy and resilient while doing something good for the environment.
Barefooting at home is easy, but there are some things to consider when deciding if it’s right for you and what precautions you might need to take. First, if you have diabetes or poor circulation in your legs and feet, consult with a doctor before going barefoot. Second, don’t go barefoot outside when it’s dirty or hazardous; flip-flops are much better for walking outside than nothing at all. To further protect yourself from injury or infection while being barefoot inside or outside, make sure to thoroughly clean and rinse your feet after each outing.
Feet are one of those parts of our bodies that we tend not to think about until they cause us discomfort or pain; however, keeping them healthy should be part of our everyday routines—just like brushing our teeth! So next time you leave your shoes behind on a lazy Sunday afternoon, consider making it a habit instead.
Wear shoes that fit correctly.
The years have not been kind to your poor feet! As you’ve gotten older, they’ve been through countless hours of traipsing on uneven terrain, many miles spent in ill-fitting shoes, and the occasional accidental karate kick to the side of a desk. And while they’ve persevered, they’re feeling worse for wear. It’s time to give them some TLC and take care of those sore spots!
In order to make sure you end up with a shoe that fits just right, it’s essential to try on lots of different pairs in multiple sizes before deciding which one is best for you. Your feet should feel snug without being uncomfortable or painful. The heel should fit neatly inside the back of the shoe, with enough space at the toe that your foot doesn’t feel cramped but not so much room that your toes are touching the front. You’ll also want to pay attention to how well any insoles fit: if they’re too big or small, there will be extra room around your foot and potentially leave you with blisters later on.
To avoid getting blisters (or worse), the socks you wear in your new shoes must be clean and unwrinkled; if possible, try slipping in a pair before buying them to check this out firsthand! Also, consider wearing two pairs of very thin socks at once when trying them out–this way, if one sock gets sweaty from moving around in them before buying, you won’t be stuck with wet socks all day long when wearing them home from shopping!
Rotate your shoes, so they’re worn evenly.
If you’re a runner, you know how important it is to rotate your shoes, so they wear evenly. If you only have one pair of running shoes, spend two days in a row in them, and then rotate with another pair of shoes at least two days each. This will help prevent injury and extend the life of the shoes.
If you want to get more serious about your running and buy new running shoes, consider going to a specialty store like Fleet Feet or REI so that someone there can help you find the best pair for your feet. Also, remember that you should replace your running shoes every six months to make sure they continue supporting your ankles.
Keep your toenails trimmed.
We won’t go into the nitty-gritty details, but that’s because it’s none of your business.
But you should know some basics about keeping your toenails well-trimmed and preventing ingrown toenails.
Over the years, you may have heard that cutting or trimming your toenails can prevent ingrown toenails (for example, this article in the New York Times). That might be true, but it may also be a myth; many doctors and researchers say there is no scientific proof that cutting or trimming your toenails can prevent these conditions—though plenty of people do it anyway.
If you decide to trim your nails yourself at home, it’s important not to cut too short or remove too much nail. It’s also vital that you ask someone with experience doing this for advice before you start cutting.
Wash your feet daily and dry them thoroughly, especially between the toes.
Having dry, clean feet is important to have healthy feet and legs. Feet are where we connect with the ground and its dirt—not to mention that they tend to get dirty when we’re doing things like playing sports. If your shoes don’t dry the way you want them, then that’s where your foot will be landing in between your toes. The skin there is susceptible, so it can quickly get irritated and even blistered if your foot isn’t kept dry enough. Lousy air circulation also happens when you wear shoes without the needed air ventilation; this means the inside of your shoe stays warmer than it should, causing sweat to build up and making any skin irritated by it on your foot feel uncomfortable. As well as keeping our feet clean, you should also dry them thoroughly after washing them. This includes after every shower or bath (both can leave a sticky residue). Drying each foot individually and drying between each toe goes a long way toward preventing infections between those sensitive areas.
If any of these symptoms happen to you, consult with a podiatrist in Columbia, MD, about getting special treatment for having bad feet!
Always wear socks with closed shoes to prevent blisters and reduce moisture.
It’s a good idea to wear socks with closed shoes whenever possible. Wearing socks reduces the chance of getting blisters and keeps your feet warm. Socks made from moisture-wicking material can help minimize sweatiness and eliminate odor. While some people think it’s okay to go without socks, you risk getting an infection if your feet get sweaty, so it’s best always to wear socks with closed shoes.
Wash your feet with mild soap and warm water, but don’t soak them. Soaking can dry out the skin and increase your risk of infection.
In an ideal world, we’d be able to soak our feet in a tub of warm water with some callus-busting salts every single day. Unfortunately, the natural world has many risks to your precious feet. For example, you could fall asleep while soaking your feet and drown. Alternatively, you could forget that your water temperature can burn skin and end up with second-degree burns on your toes and heels. Your best bet is to wash them with mild soap and warm water regularly (but never soak).
If you decide to soak anyway, despite these risks, keep an eye on how long you’re in there. 15 minutes should do it for most people—this is enough time for your circulation to increase without putting yourself at risk of hypothermia or sunburn from overheating
Choose shoes that are roomy enough for your feet to move around quickly in them.
- Choose shoes that are roomy enough for your feet to move around quickly in them. Who wants to feel like their toes are being cramped together while trying to go about their day? When buying new shoes, it’s important to make sure that there is plenty of room in the toe box and that your heel isn’t hanging off the back of the shoe. If you’ve been wearing shoes with a snug fit for a while, it might feel uncomfortable, but stick with it; over time, you’ll notice a difference as your feet grow accustomed to having more space.
- The American Podiatric Medical Association has announced that one of the simplest things you can do to prevent foot pain is to wear compression socks. This type of sock is designed specifically for people who walk a lot or partake in strenuous physical activity like hiking or running (or even just standing for long periods). These socks will help prevent pain caused by common conditions like plantar fasciitis and shin splints by improving blood flow and reducing swelling and muscle fatigue. Buy compression socks if you plan on going on long walks or hikes.
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Don’t wear high heels every day.
As the weather gets warmer and we want to show off our fancy new sandals, it’s important to remember that a shoe should not hurt. Those two things are not mutually exclusive, but too often, they are. For example, high-heeled shoes can cause bunions, corns, and calluses, cause back, hip and knee pain; they can shorten your Achilles tendon and hammertoes—all because you want to look cool for an hour or so. High heels may look good on your feet in pictures on Instagram, but if you’re wearing them day after day and the pain is unbearable, maybe it’s time to find other shoes.
When choosing a new pair of shoes for spring/summer activity this year (or shopping for any shoe, really), go with what feels good—be honest with yourself about whether you’ll wear them every day or only once in a while. Try them at different times of the day when you’ll be doing other activities that require various comfort levels. If it hurts your feet now, it will hurt more later when you’re tired or sore from playing sports or running around all summer long! Feel free to take breaks from your heels by swapping out your higher-heeled shoes (or boots) for flats during downtime, like traveling between places or getting ready before going out at night. It’s also helpful to practice techniques like propping up the balls of your feet on a fluffy pillow while watching TV so that those muscles get used much more than they do in regular old flat feet situations.
Feet take us everywhere we want to go, so it’s essential to keep them healthy!
Your feet are an essential part of your life. They have to carry you throughout the day, so it’s important to keep them healthy! Here are some tips for maintaining healthy feet:
- Invest in a pair of quality running shoes that fit well. Make sure they support and distribute your weight evenly!
- Make sure your feet are dry when you put on socks and shoes, especially in winter.
- If dorms don’t provide mats for drying your feet off, use a towel or old shirt
- Never walk barefoot around the dorms or other communal building floors unless you’re bathing/showering there (which I hope you do!)
- Use foot powder if you notice sweating between your toes while wearing shoes. This is especially common in new sneakers or ones with poor ventilation.
- If using an electric fan to cool off in summer, place one not too close to where you’re sitting; this could make it easier for fungal infections like athlete’s foot to take hold.