In case you missed it, April is National Foot Awareness Month and we've rounded up a few tips to help keep your feet healthy and happy.
Our feet take us where we want to go, carry our weight and even parade us around in gorgeous shoes. But what do we do to take care and pamper our feet?
Here’s what you need to keep in mind:
Wear the right shoes With temperatures cooling down we’ll soon swap our summer sandals and flats for warmer shoes and boots. Finding the perfect fit is however more important than you might think. The right size and comfortable fitting footwear is crucial to avoid pain or irritation (now and in the future).
Socks are more important than you think Just as important as wearing the correct size and fit shoes, are the socks. Socks help with comfort and hygiene but also combat health issues such as athlete’s foot or bacterial infections. Opt for socks that are breathable but not too loose. Bamboo socks are super-absorbent and much more breathable than cotton or wool. They’re also anti-fungal and are proven to reduce odor.
Pamper your feet Most people think of facemasks and manicures when they think of self-care, but looking after your feet should be one of your top priorities too. Try soaking your feet in Epsom salts, getting someone to give you a foot rub or using a foot scrub to fully clean your feet. Stress can actually cause issues such as cramps or cracked skin, so giving your feet some extra love is crucial in this day and age.
Stretch – yes your legs and feet If you’ve ever suffered from a foot injury you’ll know how annoying and inconvenient it can be. Stretching your legs and feet before exercise is crucial in order to warm them up as well as avoid any injuries or pain that could occur.
Keep it clean Washing your feet daily, filing away any rough or dead skin, clipping your toenails and drying your feet properly after showering or bathing are all essential steps in foot hygiene.
Do not simply dismiss foot pain If you experience pain, swelling, itchiness or discomfort for a prolonged period of time, it is important to visit a podiatrist, to make sure nothing serious is occurring. Checkups are always a good idea anyway, to make sure your feet are happy and healthy. You only have two feet – take care of yours.