Quite literally, where would you be without your feet?
Well it’s hard to label any part of the body as being “less or more important” than another one, but our feet do indeed play a very important role in a lot of our bodily functions beyond the most obvious function of walking. Because of their unique position in support of essentially the entire body, our feet’s unique functionality requires some unique care and unfortunately the feet are indeed often neglected as an area to target for good health. The health of our feet remains vitally important however, even though they are indeed evolved to be quite resilient. Taking good care of the health of your feet could even put you in line for some other health benefits you may not have even associated with your feet.
Here are some good practices to implement daily for healthier feet:
Select the right footwear
Since we definitely want to look good sometimes, it’s impractical to wear trainers 24/7, even though a pair of well-fitted trainers with good cushioning and ventilation is about the best footwear for healthy feet. Either that, or if you’re lucky enough to live in a tropical area where you can walk on soft beach sand the whole day, walking around barefooted is the ultimate way to treat your feet well for anatomical health. There’s a reason why high-heels are only meant for prancing around in for only a few hours of a night out. They’re really, really bad for your feet, as suggested by the pain you start to experience from wearing heels too long. High heels conspire to mess with the natural anatomy of your feet and any structural disruptions can lead to some serious problems down the line, such as pain in the spine and neck, or worn knees. So if you still want to maintain some “heel” in the shoes you wear to look good, some quality ladies boots will do the trick to supplement or even replace your really, really high heels.
Otherwise don’t die for beauty, or rather don’t kill your feet for beauty. Whatever design or style of shoes you wear, make sure they fit properly, otherwise you’re only opening a door up for some serious foot-health trouble. In the same way that high heels offer a bit too much elevation for the natural anatomy of your feet, a lot of flat shoes such as flip-flops offer too little elevation and don’t have enough arch-support. So it’s also just a matter of not overdoing any particular type of shoe that’s not shaped in a “natural” way, in correspondence to your feet.
Washing and Moisturising
Extra special attention should go towards cleaning your feet because the feet are most prone to coming into contact with some of the nastiest bacteria and fungi around. Thorough cleaning with soap is often enough, but it has to be thorough (which means cleaning between the toes as well) to keep the build-up of nasty foot-disease causing agents like the athlete’s foot fungus or toenail fungi. Moisturise well after washing so as to keep your feet healthily moist for as long as possible. Petroleum jelly works well for keeping feet healthily moist (not too moist that your shoes make for the perfect breeding ground for germs), and it also helps reduce the type of friction that could cause blisters, calluses and general discomfort.