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Seven Steps to Healthy Feet
July 12, 2018 0 comments
When you’re on-the-go the last thing you want to worry about is sore or cracked feet. Follow these simple steps to keep the ‘dogs from barking.
- Apple Cider Vinegar foot soak: There are many benefits to soaking your feet in a soothing mixture of apple cider vinegar and warm water. Pro tip: adding Epsom salt or Listerine to the mixture can kill bacteria and soften skin.
- Use a pumice stone to remove calluses and soften feet.
- Massage foot oil onto feet for a few minutes before washing and drying them.
- Apply foot cream before putting on socks to sleep in every night. (Expert tip: Use fuzzy socks to help lock in the moisture)
- Stretch your feet through a tennis ball massage. Foot stretches and massage on a daily or weekly basis will help you avoid foot pain and prevent injuries. To properly practice tennis ball massaging, stand while holding onto a wall for balance. Place one foot on the ball while rolling it along the arch, sole, toes and heal using enough pressure to experience a pleasant massage. Repeat on the other foot after about a minute.
- Stretch your toes. Expand the toes on one foot as far away as possible without causing pain. Insert a finger between each toe and hold for approximately 10 seconds. Then switch feet.
- Purchase properly fitting shoes. Not only do your shoes protect your feet, but they cushion your body weight and provide comfort. So how do you find that perfect fit?
- Have your feet measured: Weight gain or loss, as well as pregnancy, can cause foot growth and change. Don’t rely on the size you have had forever when purchasing a new pair of shoes. Most people’s feet are slightly different sizes so measure both feet at the end of the day to ensure best results.
- If a shoe is your right size but still is not quite comfortable, it may not be the right shape for your foot. Having a higher or lower arch could affect your comfort.
- When you stand, there should be a ½” space between your longest toe (usually the first or second toe) and the tip of the shoe. Don’t expect the shoe to stretch over-time, buy the comfortable size every time.
- Lastly, think about your shoe usage and activity– running shoes are designed differently than walking shoes. Ask a sales associate for the shoe that best fits your lifestyle.