Feet are one of the most important but neglected part of our body. Most of us take back seat in taking care of feet as compared to other beauty parts. I think that could be partly due the location of the feet, which is at very bottom and you have to make an extra effort to reach there. Feet carry weight of the whole body therefore; any problem in the feet not only can lead to discomfort but can affect your walk and cause knee, hip and back pain. During high temperatures in summer, if your foot is packed in tight shoes, there are higher risk of getting fungal infections and socially embarrassing ‘smelly feet”.
As a result I want to share health information on feet with my readers. I strongly believe it’s worth investing time in taking care of your feet either you are a man or woman. It is a myth that women need to take care of feet than men. Here are few simple and easy tips that American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) offers for protecting your feet from harm during the summer months:
Wash your feet frequently: Wearing shoes can cause sweating and accumulate moisture, which can be an invitation to fungal infections. Therefore, wash your feet several times a day with soap and water, but be sure to dry your feet thoroughly before putting your shoes back on.
Let your feet breathe: To avoid moisture in your feet, you should consider wearing an open sandal that may keep your feet dry and give them a chance to “breathe”.
Clean your feet: Gently remove hard skin and calluses with a pumice stone or foot file on a regular basis.
Prevent Cracking: If your skin is dry, apply cream or petroleum jelly to feet, but avoid the area between your toes. If cream sits in the crevices it can waterlog the skin and make it more susceptible to infection.
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Right shoe selection: Make sure that your shoes fit properly. Avoid wearing high heels and pointed shoes during activities like mountain climbing, tracking, etc. As per APMA, 8 in 10 (80%) Americans have experienced foot problems as a result of wearing uncomfortable shoes.
Use Sunscreen: Always apply 40 SPF or higher sunscreen on your feet, including the tops, toes, soles and ankles before going outdoors, bare foot or with feet exposed to sun. Your feet can get sunburned, just like the rest of your body. Severe burns can cause blistering and peeling, which can eventually lead to infection.
Change your socks frequently: Wear cotton or bamboo socks and change them on regular basis to avoid the accumulation of moisture in your socks, which can make you more susceptible to a foot bacterial or fungal infection.
Contact a podiatrist: If your skin’s texture or color changes abnormally, or if you notice any variances in your in nail texture, color, or thickness, take an appointment with your podiatrist. These symptoms can be signs of infection.
The APMA recommends that women should avoid wearing restrictive nylon tights and men stick to wearing cotton socks, as they are the best foot coverings that absorb moisture and let feet breathe. However, most of us and even many physicians are unaware of the important relationship between foot health and overall health and well-being. I believe you will be more attentive your feet and follow the foot care tips that are easy to implement in day to day life.