Have you ever tried to wear high heels and your feet were just aching? When your feet hurt, it is not a good feeling. Foot pain is serious. I recall many times taking my heels off in the choir stand just to get relief from my hurting feet. Oh what a relief it was to take the heels off, even if it was only for a moment.
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I was not the only one that took my heels off in the choir stand, because sometimes when the pastor asked us to go into the audience many choir members were scrambling to get back into their heels. Foot care is definitely important. I am now more picky about what shoes or heels that I wear. One of my new improvements is that I now wear my shoes for comfort more than for styles or fads.
Style Shoes or Comfort Shoes?
1. Wearing Flip Flops
Did you know that when using a public shower like the gym you should wear flip-flops or shower shoes? Doing this can protect your feet from possible foot fungus such as athlete's foot and nail fungus. Also, according to boston.com culture you definitely should wear flip-flops when showering in a college dorm. Personally I love to wear flip flops. When I am wearing them my feet feel really free. I also love to go bare foot that is in the house.
2. Self Feet Care
According to Pediorthic.ca it is important to wash your feet often and to dry them thoroughly especially between the toes because this is where bacteria and fungi infections can develop. Now I recall as a child being told to always dry in between the toes but I was never told why. It is so important to explain to your children the why of what you are telling them.
3. Toenails Harden
Did you know that toenails thicken as you grow older? Yes according to nytimes.com. They further add that your feet are under constant stress from walking and poorly fitted shoes. I also recall my grandmother being taken to a foot doctor to get her toenails trimmed. I did not understand at the time why she needed to go to the foot doctor, but unfortunately he removed an ingrown nail and it would not heal properly. Eventually it was discovered my grandmother had diabetes and gangrene had occurred. First her toe was removed then her leg was removed. That was horrifying for me. I could not imagine having a limb removed. I was very young, but I remember this vividly. So taking care of your feet is very important.
4. Healthy Feet
According to Healthline.com you can be kind to your feet by giving yourself a foot massage, rolling a tennis ball under your feet, or soothing irritation with a vinegar foot soak. They also add that it is ok to wear socks to bed providing they are not overly tight and constricting. That is something that I tried in the winter-time. For some reason the sheets in the bed always felt cold and my feet always felt very cold. So wearing socks eliminated the cold feet. I am sure my husband appreciated it too, because my cold feet were always on him to get me warm. It is never too late to give your feet (TLC) tender loving care. Remember your feet deserve it.
5. Working on Your Feet
Healthline.com recommend wearing the correct shoe; shoes that give good arch support. I also have heard a few nurses praising sketcher shoes. Although I am not on my feet a lot I decided to buy a pair. I love Sketchers. Since I walk several times a week I find that Sketchers really feel good on my feet. I am so glad that I tried them.
6. Corns and Callouses
Do you suffer with corns and callouses? According to Webmd., corns and calluses are thick, hard patches of skin on your feet and may be painful when walking. They further suggest things you can do are to wear thick socks to protect your skin, rub your callus with a pumice stone while in the bath or shower, use corn pads, or wear prescription foot orthotics. I haven’t had calluses, but I have had corns in the past from wearing heels that were too tight. That was a learning experience for me. When your feet hurt, it is just a terrible feeling.
7. Diabetic Foot Care
If you are a diabetic foot care is very important for you. According to cdc.gov about half the people with diabetes have some type of nerve damage which can affect your blood sugar levels, being overweight, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. They further add you should never go barefoot, never trim your toenails straight across but at an angle, and to get your feet checked at every health care visit. I have observed that the doctor checking a diabetic’s foot will lightly swipe across the bottom of the diabetic’s feet and ask if the diabetic feels it.
Always remember your feet are an important part of your body just as your other body parts are important.
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