How much work do our feet do?? They carry us everywhere. They drive our car. Kick our footballs. Push us to jump. Get squeezed into ill fitting shoes. Walk on all types of terrain. Dance for us. They balance us.
“The greatest force in the universe is gravity and your feet take a major beating every day,” says Dr. Daniel Johnson.
Having broken my foot (here it is on ice ha ha) and noticing how much I rely on my feet raised the question, “How much care and attention do we give to our feet?”
People get their eyes checked. Exercise for their heart and lungs. Use hand moisturisers. Treat our hair. Shave or wax our legs. Rub cellulite creams onto our tush. Brush our teeth. Have hearing tests. Stretch our limbs. Meditate for our minds. Use all types of expensive products on our faces.
When is the last time you inspected your feet? If at all!
* Do you have pain in your feet? Are you on your feet all day? Do you have skin or nail problems (ingrown or discolored toenails), corns, skin rashes, areas of hard skin on your feet? Do you have any sores on your feet that are not healing? Do you have foot odour? Do you have a foot injury? Do you have health problems such as diabetes or arthritis? Do you trip or fall often? Do you have problems finding shoes that fit comfortably? Do you have lumps or bumps, bunions or misshapen toes? Do you regularly wear heals that are two inches or higher?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions you should see a podiatrist.
Here are some tips:
Don’t ignore foot pain – it’s not normal. Look for thick or discolored nails (a sign of developing fungus), and check for cracks or cuts in the skin. Peeling or scaling of the soles of feet could indicate athlete’s foot. Any growth on the foot is not considered normal. Tea tree essential oil is ideal for relieving fungal infections. Wash your feet regularly, especially between the toes, and be sure to dry them completely. Trim toenails straight across. Be careful not to cut nails in corners on or the sides, it can lead to ingrown toenails. Make sure that your shoes fit properly. Select and wear the right shoe for the right activity that you are engaged in (example, running shoes for running). Alternate shoes – don’t wear the same pair of shoes every day. (There you go, ladies! A health reason for your shoe collection. 😉 ) At the beach or when wearing sandals always use sun block on your feet, just as you do on the rest of your body. Occasionally give them a soak in essential oils and epsom salts. They deserve it 😉
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