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Many people take their feet for granted and then all of sudden they feel pain or find themselves with problems such as blisters or calluses. It’s important to look after your feet to prevent having issues with them; they are extremely important and not just because you need them to walk on but for a number of other reasons too.
Caring for your feet doesn’t have to be a taxing job; in fact, it can be quite a nice one and make you feel relaxed and pampered. There are some key things you need to do, though, to make sure your feet are in their best condition. You really need to make sure that you keep them clean and dry and make sure you get the towel between your toes, check them regularly for any sores, redness, swelling, cuts or bruising and apply moisturiser to prevent your skin from getting too dry and cracking. You should also file any dry or hard skin you have with a foot file or pumice stone. When you cut your toenails, make sure you cut them straight and don’t cut them too short or cut at corners and never trim or shave corns or calluses; find out about corn removal from a specialist instead. Make sure that you wear clean socks every day and if you exercise or sweat a lot then change your socks to avoid getting athlete’s foot.
Taking these steps will help with:
Your Quality Of Life
Think about your daily life and the things you enjoy doing and the things you need to do. Walking around, visiting friends, shopping, playing and working – all of these things that you do every day require your feet. If your feet are aching or you have other problems with them, you’re not going to be able to function at your best this will limit the quality of life you lead. It can also be dangerous; for example, if you have a painful bunion, your posture and balance will be affected, which means you might fall more easily.
If you work on your feet then, they’re going to be tired or sore at the end of the day, but this also means that you need to take extra care of them because you need them for your job. Having sore feet can harm your performance in work which can result in lost hours, lost productivity, and lower job efficiency and effectiveness.
Your Physical Health
To keep physically fit and healthy, which we should all try to do, you need your feet to walk, run, jog, cycle, dance, or whatever it is that you do to keep fit. If you have poor foot health, you may be less likely to engage in even a minimal amount of exercise, and the less you do, the less you can result in loss of muscle mass and strength; you’ll basically get less fit and will find it harder to get back into it and then you are at a higher risk of diseases related to a sedentary lifestyle, such as diabetes, heart disease, and cognitive decline.