Taking Care of Our Feet
Let’s please just face it! Our feet are the last things we take active care of. Infrequent pedicure and shoe-buying aside, how much do we really care about our feet? Not much, really.
Compare the amount of time you spend keeping your face and hands in top form to the amount of time you spend on your feet and you will know exactly what we mean. And the truth is that caring for feet (and by extension, legs) is an important part of healthcare.
Studies in the US have shown that most people have a foot injury of some kind by the time they reach the age of forty, and women undergo majority of common-problem foot surgeries.
Years of wear and tear affect our feet extensively and so do other factors like diseases, poor blood circulation, improperly trimmed toenails and shoes that do not fit properly.
Tips to Care for Feet
- Check your feet regularly. If you can’t, ask your family members or podiatrists to check them
- Stretch your legs at intervals if you have to sit for long and take a warm feet bath for better blood circulation.
- Avoid pressure from shoes that do not fit properly.
- Do not expose your feet to extremely cold temperatures.
- Do not sit for long periods of time with crossed legs.
- Do not cut your nails too short. Cut them across and smoothen sharp edges using a nail file.
- If you have corns or callus, get them removed regularly.
- Do not soak your feet for more than 2-3 minutes as this can make the skin too soft and fragile.
- Do not walk bare feet. Lacking the cushion of shoes, it increases the pressure under feet.
- Apply sun-block on feet before getting out in the sun.
And given that women are also slaves to fashion – think stilettos, kitten heels, wedges – the havoc that is played in the region of our lower extremities is massive! The fitting of toes into a narrow space, the elevated heels, and the pressure of walking like that can add up and lead to bunions, hammertoes and even cause calf muscles to tighten and become painful.
This is not to say that you have ditch your fashion sense if you care about your feet. It is important to take care, that’s all! Orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. K.N. Verma says, “Standing for several hours in high heels can lead to painful calf muscles. Another way to ensure healthy feet is to watch your weight, he advises. “Many people who come to me with problems in their feet and legs are overweight. In fact, Women in India tend to be calcium deficient, causing their bones to become weak, and increased weight can only be detrimental.’ he says.
Like we needed another reason to watch our weight!
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Source: Onlymyhealth editorial team Mar 11, 2011
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