Take Care of Your Feet, They’ll Take Care of You

by Gabriella Patel on September 11, 2014

When thinking about your body’s health, did you ever give thought to that body part that supports your body upright throughout each and every day? Most people don’t, and it could cost them in the long run. It is one body part that is often passed over when given attention to the rest of the body. Some have argued that they don’t need the attention the rest of the body deserves, but they need a “tune-up” every now and then to stay in excellent shape.

The Illinois Podiatric Medical Association estimates the length or distance covered by an average person’s feet in a lifetime to be 115,000 miles. That is a lot of ground that is covered. That type of mileage means that most of us work our feet enough in our lives to walk four times around the circumference of the Earth.

Truth is, that is not even just our weight that they carry on the way! There is the weight of the things we have on us to consider, as well as the varying degrees of stress that they experience based on load distribution. Sometimes, when you are running, you are actually putting up to four times your weight on your feet with each step, as opposed to just your standing weight!

Feet are not supposed to hurt. It is never normal for your feet to be in pain, so chronic or even temporary foot pains need the attention of a podiatrist. Visiting a podiatrist can be the solution for a lot of aches afflicting your feet, which would lead to improved quality of life. Since it is almost impossible to stay off your feet constantly, especially if you wish to lead an active, healthy life, you have to pay attention to the condition that they are in.

If you are in a line of work that requires you to be on your feet constantly, try following these guidelines to make your occupation less painful, and more productive:

 

  1. Wear comfortable shoes. Sounds simple, but wearing the wrong shoes can affect many aspects of foot health. Your shoes must fit. Shoes that fit too tightly can cause hammer toe, corns, ingrown toenails and general foot pain. Overly large shoes prevent your heel from settling in the proper place as you walk, causing blisters and calluses, sore heels and excessive shoe wear.

 

  1. Wash your feet every day. You don’t need a special foot wash to clean your feet. Just make sure you give them a thorough soaping, especially between your toes. After your shower, it’s equally important to dry your feet (between the toes again) to prevent trapped moisture from letting all that bacteria hang around. Foot powder can keep them dryer longer, too.

 

  1. Moisturizing your feet seems to contradict everything that you learned in the last step about keeping your feet dry. Why would you add extra moisture? Because the wear and tear endured by your feet each day can result in areas of dry, cracked or scaly skin. If you live in a warm, sunny climate and wear sandals frequently, this problem may be significantly worse.

 

  1. Wear socks. Most of the impact of walking or running is absorbed by a layer of fat in your heels. If you spend a lot of time on your feet, your heels might need some extra help. You can use shoe inserts, but a soft pair of socks can add some shock absorption as well. As you age, that fat layer gets thinner, so cushy socks becomes even more important. In addition, socks act as a barrier between your feet and your shoes, reducing blisters and calluses.
Gabriella Patel

Gabriella Patel

Health Contributor at Creative Bioscience
I grew up in a family who has a long history in natural supplements. I've always found such a greater level of health and well being because of the choices I've made to seek natural and organic products. I've taken a lot of my knowledge now to be able to help others make the right decisions to achieve a higher level of wellness. From what I've seen most of where the problems come from is what we put in our bodies, and what we're not. I hope to shed some light on many issues we all face. Subscribe to my work Gabriella's favorite product is Detox Diet 1234
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