An active lifestyle necessitates good foot health. The average person walks 10,000 steps a day, which equates to three million steps a year for the average person. Climbing stairs or walking up steep inclines places a strain on our ankle joints of four to six times our body weight. 

Our feet, which have 26 bones and 33 joints, are the foundation of our entire body. The knees, hips, and even the lower back might be adversely affected if the feet are not mechanically sound. You’ll walk 115,000 miles on average throughout your lifetime, so keeping your feet healthy should be a top priority. 

The following are some suggestions for keeping your feet in tip-top shape: 

Regularly check the feet 

Be sure to check the bottom of your foot, between your toes, and your heel for any abnormalities. When in doubt, use a mirror to inspect the skin for any signs of damage, such as peeling or cracking. If you have diabetes, you should take extra precautions to prevent infection and slow the healing of wounds. 

Maintain Cleanliness and Foot Hygiene 

When showering or participating in water sports, be sure to thoroughly dry your feet and between your toes to avoid infection. If your feet and heels are feeling dry, apply a decent lotion right away. It is important to avoid ingrown toenails by regularly trimming your toenails by cutting straight across. Always trim your toenails so that they don’t extend past the tip of your toe. 

If you’re a fan of nail polish, keep your nails healthy by allowing them to “breathe” during the month. For individuals who desire to have their nails painted more frequently, nail polish should be left on for up to three weeks before being removed for at least one week per month. In order to prevent brittle nails or fungal infections, it’s best to avoid getting your nails polished as often as possible. 

A foot care regimen is kept in place. 

Keep your feet healthy and pampered by following a regular foot care regimen. On a regular basis, exfoliate and hydrate your feet before going to bed. For sore and tired feet, bathe them in Epsom salt and massage them with an excellent moisturizer before going to sleep. 

Wear the proper fit and type of shoes. 

Wear shoes with shock-absorbing soles, strong arch support, and firm heel counters to avoid injury. Take care of your feet by making sure you have the correct footwear for each activity and replacing any shoes that show signs of wear. Make sure to wear moisture-wicking socks to keep your feet dry, especially as the temperature rises. 

Using orthotics, your feet will be appropriately supported and cushioned inside of your shoes, too. Orthotics should be changed every six months in order to keep them working well. 

Replace your shoes on a regular basis. 

Make an effort to vary your footwear selection. When your feet sweat, even when you wear moisture-wicking socks, your shoes will still collect a lot of the sweat. Avoid foot infections and other issues by drying your shoes after each use. If you frequently wear the same pair of shoes, you should change them every six months. 

Consistently Carry Out Fitness Workouts 

Even light exercises like walking, riding a stationary bike, or running on a treadmill can help you lose weight, which lowers your chance of foot pain, heel pain, stress fractures, and poor circulation. 

Stretch your lower legs, feet, and ankles every day, especially before you work out, to avoid injury and keep your muscles loose. 

Don’t Walk Around with a Barefoot 

Try to avoid going barefoot as much as possible, even if it’s enjoyable and relaxing. It’s critical to wear shoes everywhere you go, but this is especially true in shared spaces like gyms, pools, and locker rooms, where you run the risk of contracting an illness. In order to protect yourself from hazardous bacteria that can readily enter your body through your feet, you should always wear socks or footwear, even at home. 

These socks will shield your feet from the sun’s harmful rays. 

Many of us will seek solace from the heat by visiting lakes, rivers, beaches, and other bodies of water. In addition to wearing appropriate footwear, protect your feet with a broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher sunscreen. 

Make regular visits to your podiatrist. 

An annual foot exam by a board-certified podiatrist is essential for tracking changes and testing for normal sensation and circulation in the foot. Foot and ankle specialists can also point out any problems and find them early, which can lead to better treatment results, as well. 

Ingrown nails, hammertoes, discomfort, and injuries to the feet are no match for our expertise in the field of podiatric medicine. With these tips, you can get your feet back into shape again. If you have any questions about how to keep your feet healthy and happy, please call a podiatrist at Doral Health and Wellness at 347-955-3463.

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