Negosentro.com | What tires are to a car, feet are to your body – the essential tool that takes you from one place to another. Certain care needs to be taken if you aim to keep them healthy and serving you for years to come. There are many things to be avoided (like too much heels!) and many to be improved upon (feet exercises!), but if you really want to enjoy your feet for as long as you can, you have to take care of them, just like any other part of your body.
Massages and soaks – because your feet deserve it
Let us kick things off with some pleasant options. After a full day on foot, make sure to give your feet some breathing room, and we don’t mean just literally. Indulge yourself by soaking your feet in warm water, to which you might add a drop or two of essential oil, just to make it even better. If you are sore or your feet are swollen, this should help calm them down after a long day.
Now, foot massages. Whether you give them to yourself, see a professional, or you have a kind soul at home who is interested in relieving some of your pain, they can do wonders for your feet. Foot massage will improve your circulation, which is especially important if you already have issues with it, but will nonetheless make you and your feet feel great.
A little exercise goes a long way
Let’s face it, walking is an exercise for feet but it is generally a very grueling one. There are several other exercises that you can do to help the state of your feet. Try creating an arch with your feet repeatedly, as well as standing up on your toes. Try to walk barefoot if you have the chance, especially on a sandy beach. Foot friendly workouts should be your focus especially if you have problems with flat feet. And finally, don’t forget that your weight affects your feet severely – if you have constant feet issues, perhaps the cure is actually in losing some weight. Yes, it is easier to say than do, but most of the world’s population could benefit from losing a few extra pounds.
Don’t settle for poor quality footwear
It is fine if you don’t want to spend a lot of money on designer shoes or you are on a tight budget. Still, you have to keep in mind that a poorly made pair of shoes can cause sever issues with your feet, including physical injuries or even the development of some fungal infection. Walking in wet shoes can create all sorts of problems for your feet, so make sure your footwear is waterproof and leaves your feet dry after use.
Another important thing to take care of is to use materials that allow your feet to breathe. Make sure your shoes are made of good materials. Finding quality footwear does not have to be a chore. There are some names you can always lean on, such as Birkenstock EVA and many others. Investment in high-quality shoes is investment in your own health.
One of the things that people do not pay as much attention is finding the perfect-size shoes for themselves. The size differences between manufacturers often depend on the mold that they are using and they can differ from company to company, plus the general confusion between the sizes in US, Europe and UK adds to the mix. In the end it is up to you not to pick a shoe just because you like the way it looks, but also because it fits as if it was made for you. Your feet will thank you.
If you have a problem, see the doc
Not a lot of people are aware of just how many different parts our feet have and how they all work together. Wearing uncomfortable or too large/small shoes, or a high heel, can have lasting issues when it comes to the health of your feet. If you start feeling anything out of the ordinary, such as numbness or tingling, don’t hesitate to see a professional. Common feet issues such as tendinitis, bone spurs, bunions and others may be annoying and painful, but a pediatrician will know how to help you find relief.