FOOT CARE – WATCH YOUR STEP
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go. ~ Dr. Seuss
Are your feet able to take you to where you want to go? Use your brains to care for your feet. Learn more.
CARING FOR YOUR FEET
Do the math. If your activity tracker is keeping track of your 10,000 steps per day, and you live to be the average age in the U.S. of 79.8, you could have walked 291,270,000 steps. On your poor two little feet. You may not have walked that much, but even if you walked half of that, you’ve taken about 145 million steps
OH, THOSE TOOTSIES!
If you haven’t taken care of your feet, you could be at risk for limited mobility in your later years. Let’s work to make certain that does not happen.
The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.
~ Leonardo da Vinci
HOW SHOULD WE CARE FOR FEET?
Like eye care, most foot care is common sense. Follow these tips for healthy feet:
According to the National Institutes of Health, the condition of your feet could be a sign that some seemingly unrelated health issue is going on. The NIH reminds us that “joint stiffness could mean arthritis. Tingling or numbness could be a sign of diabetes. Swelling might indicate kidney disease, heart disease, or high blood pressure.”
- Moisturize twice per day. Keep the lotion handy and slather up in the morning and before bed.
- Nail trim. Trim straight across, not curved in the shape of the nail. Trimming your nails straight across can prevent ingrown toenails.
- Cleanliness. Wash your feet daily with warm soap and water.
- Foot protection. Going barefoot may feel great, but those who go shoeless are vulnerable to sharp objects, broken glass and other nasty items. Be careful.
- Foot support. Ladies – limit your time spent in heels and on platform shoes. The heels can lead to Morton’s neuroma (a painful buildup of nerves in the ball of the foot) and platforms can lead to broken ankles. If you search the internet for images of “model falling off shoes” you can see that even those paid to walk in heels and platforms, can slip and fall in a spectacular manner. Runners and those working on their feet all day should make certain their shoes have good arch support.
- Lose weight. If you’re carrying too much weight, your doggies could take the brunt of the abuse.
- Foot monitoring. Check your feet every now and then and look for cracks, plantar warts, bunions and other common foot ailments. If caught early, these conditions can be eliminated or minimized.
- Treat yourself. An occasional pedicure can take care of your calluses, nail trimming and general condition of your feet. Ask for your nails to be trimmed straight across.
- Exercise. You can rotate your feet around in a semicircle in both directions for flexibility and to promote circulation. Walking, biking and other cardio exercises are good too, because they promote blood flow.
- Check-ups. When you have your annual physical, make certain your doctor checks your feet. Mention anything unusual that you have noticed.
Take care of your feet so they can carry you.