Seven simple tips to keep feet happy and healthy

Font Size:

There’s a lot of advice out there for keeping your body healthy, from your eyes and teeth, to your heart and brain. But what about your feet? Neglecting them can lead to pain, infection and other problems, which may reduce your mobility and independence. With this in mind, it might be time to put your feet first.

1. Examine feet regularly
Tacked on the ends of our legs, feet can be easy to ignore, but they deserve as much attention as your other body parts. About once per week, briefly examine your feet, checking for nail discolouration and skin abnormalities, especially between your toes and on your soles.

2. Cut toenails carefully
Painful ingrown toenails can occur when you trim too close to the skin or when you deeply round-off the corners of the nails. Instead, always cut straight across, ideally after a shower or bath, when the nails will be softer and easier to cut.

3. Keep feet clean and dry
Good hygiene is vital for healthy feet. When you shower, be sure to scrub feet with warm soapy water. Afterwards, it’s important to dry your feet (and between your toes) thoroughly, as fungal organisms thrive on moisture and can lead to infections.

4. Don’t gloss over ‘ugly’ toenails
Hiding unsightly toenails with polish is unadvisable, as it can exacerbate any conditions you may have. Discoloured, thick, cracked or crumbling nails can be a sign of nail fungus. It’s best to consult your doctor if you’re concerned about your toenails.

5. Protect feet in public
Always wear shoes when you’re in a public area to help prevent accidental injuries. Public gyms, locker rooms and swimming pools are breeding grounds for fungi, so be sure to wear thongs or shower shoes at all times.

6. Wear responsible footwear
To help keep feet free of moisture, wear shoes made of breathable materials, such as leather or mesh. To protect bones and ligaments, wear comfortable, well-fitting shoes. Podiatrists recommend wearing shoes with a broad, rounded toe and a wide, stable heel. High-heels have been known to cause long-term foot problems, so wear them sparingly or avoid altogether.

7. Choose good socks
When it comes to socks, synthetic fibres (rather than cotton or wool) help to absorb moisture to help keep feet dry and healthy.

Join YourLifeChoices today
and get this free eBook!

Join
By joining YourLifeChoices you consent that you have read and agree to our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy

RELATED LINKS

How to protect and maintain your eyesight

Protect your vision and maintain the health of your eyes.

Five health signs you should not ignore

If you experience any of these symptoms, you may need to call 000.

Seven teeth-strengthening tips

We share seven tips from the experts to help maintain your teeth enamel strength.

Written by ameliath

7 Comments

Total Comments: 7
  1. 0
    0

    You know it’s time to look after your feet when someone tells you what nice alligator shoes you have and you are barefooted.

  2. 0
    0

    I wear NICE synthetic shoes and rinse them when I get home. No prob’s.
    After cutting the big toenails across, file the ends going from top to bottom. A sort of slant occurs. This ensures smoothe friction from shoe to toe/s.

  3. 0
    0

    I would give a million bucks for a solution to my Burning Stinging feet caused by Peripheral Neuropathy. Because it is a nerve thing, Opioids like Oxy-contin etc don’t help.

    • 0
      0

      No scientific base here – have you tried magnesium tablets. Also get your heart checked properly if you haven’t already. Often peripheral pain in the hands or in the feet has a trigger in core of the body. That pain you are talking about is horrible.

    • 0
      0

      Agree, Young Simmo. I’m told peripheral neuropathy can be related to other pathology – in my case bunions. Long-awaited surgery coming up.

    • 0
      0

      Good luck Alula, mine is due to Type 2 Diabetes and after about 8 to 10 years I have learnt to shut up and bear it. It is there all the time but varries from 30% to about 99% intensity and is completely inconsistent. Sometimes it is worst during the night, and sometimes at lunch time. Anyway at 76 and with 20 minutes to 20 years, I will just have to ride it out. Maybe another RED might help, cheers.
      ********************
      Rosret. I had a Triple Bypass in 2002, and am checked on a regular basis and take all my tabs but, I will check out the Magnesium tablets, as at this stage anything is worth a try.

  4. 0
    0

    Can anyone suggest what to do for Bursitis in the foot. Cortisone injections did not work.


FACEBOOK COMMENTS



SPONSORED LINKS

continue reading

Health news

Scientists closer to developing 'smart' stem cells made from human fat

Much controversy has surrounded stem cell research, and yet therapies and treatments involving stem cells have the capacity to treat...

Wellbeing

Top 2021 new year's resolutions revealed

We may be halfway through January, but it's not too late to make a new year's resolution. "It’s human nature...

Age Pension

Important details on how your income stream information is updated

Updating Income Stream InformationHi everyone, I wanted to chat about income stream reviews and how they may affect your Age...

Uncategorized

Spinach and Parmesan Crustless Quiche

In The Midlife Method, food and lifestyle writer Sam Rice explores why it is so much harder to lose weight...

Health

What causes common skin conditions?

There are many skin conditions that affect humans and they vary in symptoms and severity, from person to person. Some...

Entertainment

Jenny Eclair: 'Middle-aged women aren't invisible, they are just ignor

"I've had a lapse back into the menopause today," Jenny Eclair declares at the start of our interview. "I had...

Aged Care

Is your loved one in aged care during the pandemic? Here are seven ideas to make things easier if lockdown strikes again

Many families have faced the stress of having a loved one in aged care during this anxious time of COVID-19....

Health & Ageing

How The Midlife Method author keeps her health on track

In The Midlife Method, food and lifestyle writer Sam Rice explores why it is so much harder to lose weight...

LOADING MORE ARTICLE...