Fitness Tips

Keeping Feet Fit

Don’t neglect your tootsies: They need to go the distance with you!

1. Keep them clean and dry
to keep fungus away.

2. Perform an examination weekly. Look for skin scaling, nail fungus and overgrown calluses.

3. Trim your toenails straight across and not too close to the skin.

4. Wear shower shoes/flip-flops in public places like the gym, locker rooms and pools.

5. If you must wear rented shoes at the bowling alley, be sure you wear your own socks and that the rental shoes have been disinfected. If you bowl often, buy your own shoes.

6. Allow the skin on your feet to breath by wearing leather shoes. Be sure fitness shoes have some mesh to allow for more air circulation.

7. Wear socks made of synthetic fiber – not cotton or wool – to wick away moisture and avoid bacteria from perspiration.

8. Wear shoes that fit. Not too tight, not too loose. Shop at the end of the day when your feet are more likely to be swollen to compensate for normal swelling.

9. Choose shoes with broad, rounded toes and wide, fixed heel. Pointy toe shoes can cause ingrown toenails; sling-backs and mules can cause heel pain.

10. See a podiatrist if you have foot pain, a fungal infection or painful ingrown nails.