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Foot Care Quick Tips
- Dr. Ahmadi
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Your feet are more than just the very bottom of your body – they are your method of standing and of getting from one place to the next, and can help point to issues in your body that need medical attention. Unfortunately, they are also vulnerable to infections, injuries, and other issues. Taking care of your feet is important for your health and comfort. You can make sure your feet are in their best shape by wearing the right footwear, allowing for proper blood circulation, keeping them clean, and maintaining your toenails.
The right type of shoes can make a world of difference in a long day of work, even if you haven’t spent the entire day on your feet. Good shoes will be able to provide the support that is necessary for feet while giving them the protection that is essential. A good pair of shoes will feel sturdy, but will not be too tight on the feet. You can find out your exact shoe size by visiting a reputable shoe store that will measure the length, height, and width of your feet.
Improper blood circulation is one of the most common foot problems. The location of your feet means that they are one of the last areas in the body to receive blood. Older individuals, those who smoke or drink a lot of caffeine, and those who suffer from diabetes or nerve conditions are more at risk for foot circulation problems. You should maintain healthy habits and exercise regularly to make sure your feet are getting enough blood flow.
Since feet are often in socks and closed shoes, which are dark and moist areas, they are more at risk for fungal infections and buildup of bacteria. By keeping your feet clean and maintaining a dry and clean atmosphere within your shoes and socks, you can reduce the risks of bacteria and fungus building up on your feet. Replacing old shoes and using a foot powder will help keep feet clean and dry.
Toenails are an important aspect of foot care. They work to help protect the ends of your toes from damage, but can also be directly responsible for a host of problems, like ingrown toenails and toenail fungus. Your toenails should always be trimmed, filed, and kept in clean shape to ensure that fungus does not build up underneath them. Women who paint their toenails should consider giving them a break from nail polish every once in a while to ensure that oxygen is getting into the skin and tissue underneath the toenail. You can help to prevent ingrown toenails by wearing properly fitted shoes and only cutting your toenails straight across.