Oh, the stress we put daily on our feet!
Every step we take creates several hundred pounds of force on the tiniest bones in our body. In a typical day, the average, active 130-pound person absorbs up to 1.5 million pounds of “step-force” in a day. Multiply that over a year … and then over a lifetime … and, well, it’s easy to see understand why folks so often complain about their aching feet.
But we’re not here to complain. No, we’re here to help – as in, help you maintain the health of your feet while you enjoy your active lifestyle at Lourdes Noreen McKeen.
Be sure your feet stay flexible
We lose flexibility in all soft tissue as we age – and that especially goes for your feet. But there are some simple exercises you can do to ensure they remain pliant. Start with placing you’re the arch of your foot on a golf ball or tennis ball and simply roll it back and forth. This helps the arch and plantar fascia muscles. Next, try to pick up small objects with your toes. Say, a marble or a pen. Whether you’re successful or not doesn’t matter. What matters is that you’re stretching the muscles. In addition, do toe raises. Also, try stretching a towel over your foot and use it to pull your toes toward you.
Maintain the hygiene of your feet
In South Florida, we’re constantly battling the heat and humidity – which can be murder on your feet. The skin can crack. You can develop funguses and/or blisters. So, it’s vital that you keep your feet clean and dry. That means using soap and water on them daily. Wash between the toes and don’t forget about the soles.
Always wear well-fitting shoes
Proper fit means enough width to avoid developing bunions or crunching your toes. Also, ladies, ditch the high heels – or save them only for special occasions. As good as high heels may look, they’re the least healthful form of footwear available. Not only do they potentially present podiatric problems, but they also increase the likelihood of slip-and-fall accidents. If you must wear heels, keep them 2 inches or lower and be sure that the heel itself has a wide base. And the final tip for everyone: When buying new shoes, always shop for them at the end of the day when your feet are at their largest.
Maintain your nail care.
Avoiding ingrown toenails and other nail issues requires some vigilance on your part. If you’re unable to maintain your nail health yourself, have someone else do it for you – either one of the staff members here at Lourdes Noreen McKeen, or your podiatrist.
Visit your podiatrist regularly.
Just as you go to the dentist twice a year for checkups, you should also see your podiatrist regularly – annually at the very least. That’s because, as we age, our feet change. Our arches flatten and we lose some of the padding on the balls of our feet. However, your podiatrist will offer remedies for these, and other, potential issues before they become chronic, or even debilitating.
They bottom line with your feet is this: If you prioritize their well-being, then they’ll be there to take you everywhere you want to go!
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