Put Your Feet in the Right Place with Our Best Foot Care Tips to Avoid Infections

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Nov 15, 2013

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  • Don't ignore foot pain—it's not normal.
  • Pay attention to changes in colour and temperature of your feet.
  • Wash your feet regularly and dry them completely.
  • Make sure that your shoes fit properly.

We buy the most fashionable footwear to make our feet look good. But do we care as much to keep our feet safe? Our feet take a lot of dirt, filth, pain for us and it is our responsibility to keep them safe from infections.

feet care tips to avoid infectionsFeet care is not just applicable to women. Men also need to upkeep their feet to avoid infections. So not over look the advantages of having nice-looking, cared-for feet. Follow our useful steps for feet care.

Foot pain should not be ignored. It is not normal to experience pain in your feet. It could be indicating an allergy or internal injury. See your podiatric immediately if you are experiencing pain in your feet.

Keep a tab on how your feet look and feel. As in, inspect them for colour and temperature regularly. A thick or discoloured nail could be sign of a developing fungus. Check for cracks or cuts in the skin. Any kind of growth on your feet is not normal. Peeling or scaling on your feet soles indicate athlete’s foot.

Maintain good feet hygiene by washing them daily. After washing, make sure to dry your feet completely before putting on shoes. Dry the space between toes well.

The correct way to cut toe nails is to cut them straight across but not too short. Do not cut the corners or sides of the nails; it can lead to ingrown toenails.

Diabetics and people with poor blood circulation or heart problems must care for their feet extra and should not treat them roughly. Their feet are more prone to infections than other people. The infections or injuries to their feet are hard to treat also.

Wear shoes that fit your feet properly. In the evening, your feet are at their largest size, and it is the best time to buy a pair of comfortable shoes. Replace worn out shoes as soon as possible.

Your activity decides the kind of shoe and sole that you should be wearing. Like do not wear slippers or formal shoes to running or exercising. Likewise women should not wear heels to hilly regions.

If you are affluent enough, buy a few pair of shoes and alternate them on daily basis. Don’t wear the same pair of shoes daily.

Yes, you do enjoy walking barefoot, but it is not healthy for your feet. Walking barefoot puts your feet directly in contact with harmful substances and makes them more prone to injury and infection. An occasional walk on the beach barefoot is acceptable though. But do not forget to wear a sun block.

Self-treatment can sometimes backfire. Do not try and use home remedies for foot ailments. Your problem might worsen.

Monsoons are especially problematic for feet because they have to fight moisture every moment, not to mention the perspiration caused by the season. To o protect your feet from foot infections like tenia pedis and nail infections. Camphor powder is an effective antiseptic. Mix it with talcum powder before wearing shoes and after opening them. It will prevent your feet from infections.

Daily care is important for your feet. Wear cotton socks and change them daily. The germs in your unwashed socks can infect your feet.

Avoid keeping your wet shoes in a shady area. You must dry them under the sun before keeping inside. It allows culmination of bacteria. Sun is effective in killing germs hence diminishing the chances of foot infections.

Moisture is important for feet. Feet soles do not have sebaceous glands. They cannot produce oil. This is why they need extra moisture. Every time you wash your feet, apply moisturiser. You can also go natural with apply olive oil or almond oil before going to bed.

Begin caring for your feet right away. With these feet care tips, avoid infection this season. It is worth the effort.


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