Do you take your feet for granted? All too often, foot care is neglected until something goes wrong. In honour of Foot Health Awareness Month, which takes place in May, here are three reasons you should take steps to keep your feet healthy.
1. To prevent pain
Painful foot conditions ranging from blisters to heel spurs can impact your self-sufficiency and quality of life. Additionally, if you try to mitigate the pain or compensate for a lack of mobility by adopting a different gait, you increase the risk of developing other injuries.
2. To assure productivity
If your job requires you to be on your feet for a large part of the day, you must be able to stand and walk comfortably. An untreated foot condition or injury can seriously impair your ability to be productive.
However, even if you work in an office you should still take care of your feet. It’s important to get up and walk around at least once an hour to prevent neck and shoulder problems caused by extended periods of sitting in front of a computer.
3. To maintain mobility
Exercise is a crucial component of a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, foot issues may prevent you from engaging in physical activity. As a result, you could become more sedentary and consequently increase your risk of developing heart disease, cognitive problems and diabetes.
How to protect your feet
There are several measures you can take to help prevent debilitating foot problems. To keep your feet healthy:
- Wash and thoroughly dry them every day
- Trim your toenails straight across to avoid ingrown nails
- Inspect your feet on a regular basis
- Take note of any bumps or pain and report them to a podiatrist
• Wear properly fitted, supportive shoes
Finally, keep an eye on the condition of your feet if you have arthritis
or diabetes. These ailments are known to cause serious foot problems. If you’re concerned about your feet, don’t hesitate to consult a podiatrist.