Although feet are essential to our mobility, it’s appalling how little we take care of them most of the time. They deal with carpets, tiling, wood, cement, and many other surfaces that can damage them. Plus, they’re covered by socks, get rubbed against with every step we take, and are susceptible to being hit by furniture or walls. Now, you may think, “What’s the harm? They’re designed to be used daily.”, which is true. However, if foot health isn’t maintained, issues such as brittle skin and nails or reduced circulation could arise later.
Not to worry, though; there are several things that you can do to keep your feet healthy and durable, and the maintenance isn’t too hard to do. In this post, we’ll go over the tips and tricks to keeping your feet healthy for longer.
Moisturise: It seems like such a small thing to do, but if you moisturise your feet, it will help them to stay strong and resilient for longer. It also prevents the hardening of the skin and flaking during dry seasons.
Trimming Your Nails: Ensure you wash your hands before and after trimming your nails. And ensure that you don’t cut them too short, either. And the reason you want to trim your nails is to avoid pain, interference with walking and them becoming ingrown.
Finding The Right Footwear: Having the wrong-sized shoes can be disastrous for your feet. Too big or too large can cause blisters, circulation issues and ingrown toenails. It’s also important, especially for older adults, that you don’t have open shoes or shoes with laces. Laces can cause tripping and falling, and open shoes leave your feet open to the elements and can be harmed. The right shoes should fit your foot, with enough space to wiggle your toes but not so much space that there are gaps in where your foot reaches in the shoe.
These tips are all important roles in maintaining healthy feet. However, it can become a difficult daily task for someone older, suffers from mobility issues or is restricted by movement. That’s when help is needed, and sometimes you or your loved one need someone to turn to. Royalty Care can be there for you to help make maintaining your health easier, and by calling us at (705)-725-1600, we can have a consult to determine all your needs and situations where a little help can go a long way, so call today.