You may not realise, or think about them very often – but your feet are pretty amazing. Think about it: throughout a single day they absorb untold amounts of force and pressure. They take us everywhere – yet we treat them so badly! Whether that’s being on your feet all day or chasing after the kids, wearing cheap, poorly made shoes…it’s not surprising that most adults experience foot pain at some point in their lives.
Of course, they’re not as glamourous as the heart, or the brain – and many people find their stomach turn when they even think about them! But even so, your feet are an amazing feat of engineering! And as such, should be treated well.
But what are the best ways to prevent foot pain? Well, experts at northwich foot clinic are usually in the know. But in the meantime, here are a few pointers about making life a little easier on your feet.
Choose your shoes carefully!
It probably sounds obvious, but something we’re all guilty of is not wearing the correct shoes for whatever activity we’re doing. Running shoes are made for running, safety shoes are there to prevent trauma. Avoid wearing flip-flops for lengthy periods of time, and if you’re going shopping, leave the heels at home and opt for something with good arch support!
Don’t forget to replace your shoes regularly and keep an eye out for unusual wear and tear. Are your heels wearing out on the inside edge? Are there swirl patters on the sole? All these are tell-tale signs that perhaps a visit to a podiatrist is in order.
If you’re going out to buy some new shoes then take your time. Wear them around the shop for several minutes, instead of the classic “walk up and down” approach! Did you know it’s also best to buy shoes at the end of the day? As the day goes on, your feet swell slightly and this is a more accurate indicator of what you’ll actually find comfortable.
Maintain a healthy weight!
Keeping yourself inside a healthy weight bracket will help prevent foot pain. After-all, the more pressure and weight we place on our feet, the harder they need to work and more pressure is placed upon ligaments, bones and nerves. Keeping healthy comes with its own benefits too!
Pamper your feet!
Again, an obvious suggestion. But you’d be surprised how many people don’t even consider relieving the strain and tension within their feet. A warm soak and a simple massage with peppermint oil before bed can do wonders and will make you feel great too.
Why not invest in some of the tools of the trade? Using an emollient cream on a daily basis can help prevent hard skin build up and high-quality foot files will help to reduce callouses. A strong and resilient pair of nail clippers are a must! As well as insoles and orthotics, padding and high quality nail files and tweezers – the list is endless, but won’t break the bank either.