It is essential to take care of your feet as much as your overall body in order to be healthy. Thus, if we are to maintain overall health, it is important to understand how to take care of your feet by using proper hygiene techniques and how to choose proper footwear and when to know if medical assistance is needed for certain pains and aches in the feet. Below are some methods in which you can take care of your feet.
Practicing good grooming and foot hygiene A daily routine must be washing your feet with soap and lukewarm water. Using a pumice stone to rub off any dry skin from the bottom of the feet will also help smoothen the skin and remove any dirt. Don’t forget to dry your feet with a towel afterwards. You should also examine your toe nails and cut them straight to prevent any ingrown nails. This is especially important to prevent any ingrown toenail treatment later on which can be painful as the nail and the skin below it tends to be stuck together in such cases. Moisturizing your feet with cream and lotions especially before you go to bed at night will help keep the skin soft and firm.
Proper footwearOne of the most overlooked factors is to wear proper fitting shoes. In this case, a basic understanding of what your foot type is and its various arches and shape will help you purchase the right shoes with more awareness. For example; someone with flat feet would ideally need an arch support in the shoes. A Singapore podiatrist or a sales person at shoe retail outlets typically would be able to determine what your foot type is. It is advised to purchase shoes at the end of the day as this is when your feet are the widest; this helps get a good measurement of the feet for proper fitment of shoes.
Medical assistance for painsIf the pain is consistent and increasing, seeking advice from a medical professional who specializes in specific areas of the feet will be helpful. They can diagnose the cause of the pain and provide the necessary treatments for a variety of related ailments in the feet such as athlete’s foot, bunions, ankle or foot fractures or fungus. What is important is not to ignore very obvious and frequent signs of pain and discomfort in the feet as a typical pain after a tired day’s work. This can lead to aggravated forms of the problem and complicate an ailment that is easily preventable.