When most people think about their personal health, they forget about one truly important body part: the feet.
Your heart, brain, skin, joints, and lungs all get a lot of attention from the healthcare community, but not enough people pay attention to the feet. Your feet are what get you around from point A to point B and they often take a beating doing so.
Like almost every other part of the body, when it comes to foot health, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. And with that in mind, here are some tips and tricks you can use to keep your feet healthy and pain free.
1. Wash and dry your feet regularly.
Your feet can accumulate a lot of dirt and sweat throughout the day. Make sure to wash them every day, as they can easily be overlooked when showering. Use soap and water, but avoid soaking them for too long because you could destroy the oils in your skin.
When you've washed them, also make sure to thoroughly dry them afterward. Any moisture left in the cracks and crevices will be prone to fungi if water and soap are left in them. Once you've washed and dried them, we'd suggest using a good, moisture-wicking sock like our Copper Cloud socks, which are infused with anti-bacterial copper fibers. This will help keep your feet dry and odor-free.
Feet are always prone to dryness. This hardened skin will grow rough and calloused over time, leading to flaking and eventual pain. Furthermore, dry skin can also crack easily, making your feet more susceptible to infections.
But for those with diabetes, taking care of the skin on your feet is doubly important as calluses can turn into ulcers, which can lead to further health complications.
Use a pumice stone or file to get rid of the dry areas, but be careful not to be too rough, or you'll damage your skin further.
3. Buy shoes that fit.
Seems like a no-brainer, right? But what most people don't consider when buying shoes is that the foot is a 3D object, and all three dimensions should be considered when buying shoes. Instead, they only focus on the length of the foot and overlook width and depth.
Shoes that are too tight, too loose, or without the right arch support can leave you with pain in your feet, lower legs, and even your knees and hips.
At Apex Foot, we've got a huge inventory of comfortable shoes – all of which are available in multiple widths and with customizable depth – that will have your feet feeling good, even after a long day of walking.
4. Inspect your feet.
It's always good to take time each day or week to do a quick check-up on the health of your body. It doesn't have to be anything time consuming or complicated, just a quick inventory of what's going on. Because often times, that's how you can catch minor issues before they turn into something major.
And though it's easy to forget our feet -- they spend most of the day hidden in a pair of shoes, after all -- checking up on them is no less important. That's why we recommend taking time each day or week to give your feet a quick inspection.
Keeping Your Feet in Tip-Top Shape
As you can see, a good footcare routine is really important in ensuring that your feet are feeling good. Neglecting them can result in short-term pain and long-term problems, so make sure you're taking the time to clean and moisturize your feet, you're wearing the right shoes, and you're doing regular inspections.