To succeed and make the most of your life, you’re told to put your best foot forward each day. However, while this may only be an expression, when you really think about it, are the feet you’re putting forward really in their top shape? Are they healthy and well-cared-for? Or have your feet succumbed to the daily wear and tear that they go through after bearing the weight of your body each day?
As you strive to be proactive about other aspects of your health, you should also take care of your feet. If your feet are unhealthy, your ability to go through your daily activities smoothly will also be hampered. Caring for your feet every day can help you avoid serious problems in the long run.
Given the fact that the feet are the body’s workhorses, it’s only right that you also give them the attention they need to remain in top shape. Here’s how:
1. Go For A Cosmetic Foot Surgery
Not everyone needs to have cosmetic surgery for feet. However, if your doctor or podiatrist recommends it’s necessary for you, then you should consider this option. For many, it may seem like cosmetic foot surgery is solely for enhancing your foot’s appearance. What they don’t know is that it’s actually an effective procedure in correcting foot problems due to birth deformities or injuries.
Other possible reasons your doctor may order a cosmetic foot surgery include the following:
- Restoring of foot function
- Removing wart removal
- Minimizing scars minimization
Keep in mind that the area of the body covered by foot surgery may seem small, the risks associated with it can be similar to those of any other type of surgery. So, don’t take any chances with a doctor whose reputation and qualifications are questionable. Take your time to research your options and only trust the best podiatrist.
2. Smooth Calluses Out
While it doesn’t have to be done every day, you should still make it a part of your foot care routine to smooth calluses and heel fissures out. You don’t even need to have this done professionally at a salon, although you can do so every now and then. This simple procedure only involves using a pumice stone or a foot file on your damp heel and calluses to smoothen it out and remove the dead skin.
To do this successfully, you first have to start by soaking your feet in a foot bath for at least 10 to 15 minutes. Then, rub the thickened skin with the pumice stone or your foot file.
3. Select The Right Shoes For Your Feet
You may not be aware of it, but it’s possible that you’ve been using the wrong type of shoes for your feet. Many foot problems can actually be successfully addressed with a solution as simple as wearing the right shoes. So, be mindful of your choice.
When you’re unsure, you can always ask the shoe sales representative about the specific features of different types of shoes. Moreover, consult with your doctor on which types of shoes you should use and what shoes you should avoid.
4. Keep Your Feet Dry And Clean
Healthy feet start with having good hygiene. So, if you’ve been slacking off on this lately, you may want to change your habits. When you shower, be sure to also pay close attention to your feet and ensure you scrub them well with soap and water. If you wear open shoes often and your feet are always exposed to dirt, taking care of your feet also entails using antibacterial soap.
When you’re done showering, you also have to take the extra precautionary measure of drying your feet well. Bacteria love to thrive on moisture and your feet can become their favorite breeding ground if you’re not careful. When you’re going to wear socks and shoes the whole day, you have to be absolutely certain that your feet are dried well.
5. Moisturize Your Feet
When you start to notice that your feet are starting to crack and get very dry, that’s a telling sign you may also need to see a podiatrist for a prescription. On top of that, you can also use your own moisturizing products at home. There are many foot powders and lotions you can use for this purpose, so all you need to do is choose according to your needs and the advice of your doctor.
If you neglect your feet, you’re guaranteed to experience unnecessary pain and other foot problems. Therefore, your pursuit of taking good care of your overall health should also include paying close attention to your feet. As you can see from the tips above, it’s not impossible to take good care of your feet. Most importantly, when you do happen to have serious concerns with the health of your feet, always consult with a qualified foot doctor. Never self-medicate and be religious with whatever other medical tips your podiatrist will give you.
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