Even people who are very much health conscious and beauty conscious, forget about their legs. It is way at the end of the legs and that part is forgotten even when you massage your legs.
But the fact is that feet play a very important role in almost everything you do.Your experiences of running, walking, jumping or just standing will be good and comfortable only if you have well-cared legs without aches and pains.
So taking care of your feet is very important for a happy and healthy life.Taking care of the feet is not just about feeling good.
There are many health problems associated with the feet that are taken less care of. You will have to suffer chronic problems if you do not take care of your feet.
Taking care of your feet is not that troublesome task. Some simple stretches and exercises can keep your feet in a very healthy condition.
Here I will give you some guidelines that will help you to take care of your feet for a problem-free and happy future. Even though you should take care of your feet, there are some situations where taking care of your feet on your own is not advised.
If it is a serious injury or emergency, it is advised to visit a podiatrist. People with diabetes and other ongoing circulation problems should also consult a doctor for any foot-related problems.
Usually, circulation problems are related with older feet. But it can happen to anyone.
It is a kind of tingling, numbness, cramping, and discoloration of the skin and toenails. This happens when not enough blood is flowing to your feet.
Blood flow is restricted by many circumstances.It can happen when feet get cold outdoors or in cold water; when shoes, stockings, or undergarments are too tight or even when you’ve sat too long with your legs crossed.
Both nicotine and caffeine constrict blood vessels. So smoking and drinking too much coffee or caffeinated soda will reduce blood circulation to all parts of the body.
This can also happen if you are under severe stress. At such times, your nervous will constrict your small blood vessels, lessening their ability to carry blood.
You might have noticed that the feet of people will be really cold when they are really nervous. People with ongoing medical conditions like diabetes will have sluggish blood circulation.
Many of us find a cut or blister on our feet as a very minor problem.But it is not a minor issue for people with diabetes.
These minor cuts or blisters can create serious consequences on them.So the foot of people with diabetes is prone to specific, serious foot problems.
Also, diabetes patients will have a loss of feeling on their foot which is called which is called neuropathy. So they will not feel the small aches and pains that signals us of small wounds and cuts.
Thus minor problems will become severe as they go unnoticed and infection may develop. Exercising preventive care is one of the best options to avoid problems related to the feet.
Here are some tips that will help you to prevent troubles with your foot.
- Take care of your diabetes. Consult a doctor and take steps to keep your diabetes level in a good range.
- Check for cuts, blisters, swelling, red spots etc., on your feet everyday. It is easy to avoid severe problems if you find it at the starting stage itself. You can avoid infections on the wounds if you treat it early.
- Clean your feet everyday using warm water and dry it well. Don’t forget to dry between the toes too.
- Make sure to keep your skin soft and smooth. You can use a skin lotion on the top and bottom of your feet. Don’t apply them between your toes.
- Smooth the corns and calluses gently. You can use a pumice stone for this.
- Make sure to trim your toenails regularly. Trim them straight across and file the edges with an emery board or nail file
- Use footwear always. Your footwear or shoes should be of perfect size for your feet. It should protect your skin. Check the interior of the shoes or other footwears before you wear them to make sure that there is no object in them that will hurt your feet.
- When you are on a beach or a hot pavement, make sure to wear a shoes to protect your feet from hot. Similarly, if your feet feels cold at winter nights, wear a socks.
- While sitting, put your feet up. You can also wiggle your toes and move your ankles up and down for 5 minutes, 2 or 3 times a day. This will keep the blood flowing to your feet. Also make sure not to cross your legs for long periods of time. Avoiding smoking will also increase blood circulation to the feet.
- Stay more active with physical activity programs.
- Consult a doctor when you find anything unusual on your feet. Treating earlier will save you from major problems.
- Set a time everyday to check your feet. Doing this regularly will keep your feet healthy.