Happy Toes, Happy Feet
By Shanuka Kadupitiyage
Having happy feet can easily make or break your day. Your feet take a lot of beating each day as we go about our daily routines. They are the only part of our body that makes contact with the ground and deserve proper care and attention.
Taking care of your feet doesn’t mean that you have to spend a lot of money or time. By making a handful of simple, correct choices, taking a little time for yourself, and practicing good habits of hygiene and grooming, you’ll be on the fast track to having two very happy feet. Here are some tips we have prepared for you.
Choice of shoes
Your footwear is an important choice in order to have happy, healthy feet. Most of us wear shoes for the majority of the day, which means making a poor choice in footwear is important in maintaining happy feet.
If you like wearing high heels, I would recommend you not to wear them every day. They put a lot of stress on your lower body and create bad posture habits. Needless to say, your feet won’t be happy wearing them for extended times either.
When choosing a pair of shoes, make sure they fit well on the get-go and that you have adequate room for your toes to move around. Wriggle them and see if your toes feel tight when trying on a new pair of shoes. Make sure there are enough width and length to accommodate your foot.
If your feet and joints feel extra sore after a hard day’s work, consider using a good pair of insoles to support your feet and improve comfort while walking about. There are even specialised insoles that can help support your foot’s natural arch which will improve stability and cushioning as you walk.
Cleanliness is number one
You’ve probably heard enough cliché lines to know that staying clean and maintaining good hygiene is important. Doing so would prevent your feet from catching a wide range of nasty infections and diseases such as athlete’s foot.
Also, if you’re the type to wear socks, make sure to change them regularly and not to reuse them. Otherwise, you would start getting a lot of nasty foot-odor problems. Wear only if both your feet and your socks are dry.
Regularly taking care of your toenails can also play an important part in keeping your feet happy. While it may not be as common in Asia, ingrown toenails are a major issue if not given the proper attention.
There are many reasons for ingrown toenails to occur. But the result is always very painful. Unless treated early on, it can lead to infections, and in the worst-case; you would need to undergo a minor operation.
To keep you safe from this painful fate, don’t wear shoes that fit too tight, especially in the front end.
Keep your toenails trimmed, but don’t cut them too short. They should be trimmed to a normal length and have to be cut straight, with no pointy shapes. Also, regularly check your feet and inspect your toenails if they are clean, healthy, and well maintained.
Don’t be afraid to get help when needed
If you are feeling discomfort and you notice something is not right with your foot (or feet), don’t hesitate to take that ‘important step’ and talk to a doctor. Better safe than sorry is the motto you should keep in your heart and of course, detecting any issues early on and treating them will not only help you get back on your feet faster.
Life wouldn’t be the same without our two feet, which is why a little care can go a long way.