Stop for a moment. Take a glance down south, past your knees, beyond your shins, and over your ankles. You’ll notice that the only two things keeping you upright are two flexible structures made up of 50 bones, 60 joints, 30 muscles, and 20 ligaments. These two structures are your feet, the foundation of your body. Often taken for granted, our feet are what allow us to get through our day-to-day with relative ease. Throughout our lifetime, our feet undergo a lot of wear and tear – they support the weight of your body after all! It is estimated that 75% of Americans will experience some type of foot health problem at one time or another. Your feet are important, so here are some foot-care tips to keep you on your toes!
Report any new foot pain or injury to your medical provider to avoid further damage down the road.
- Replace your walking or exercise shoes every six months or 500 miles – whichever comes first. This will help you avoid foot pain as your shoes begin to wear down and lose support.
- Maintain a healthy weight through diet and regular physical activity. Excess weight puts more pressure on your feet, which can lead to foot pain.
- Stretch out your feet, ankles, and lower legs before and after exercising to avoid injury.
- Keep the blood flowing to your feet to reduce circulation problems. Wiggle your toes, move your ankles, and avoid sitting with your legs crossed for long periods of time.
- Keep your feet dry. Wear socks that wick away moisture and let your feet breathe. Always dry your feet well after getting them wet, especially between the toes where fungal infections can develop.
- Trim your toenails regularly and cut straight across the nail rather than into the corners – this is how ingrown toenails often develop.