With Thanksgiving approaching, many of our thoughts are turning to reasons to be grateful. At Gentle Professional Foot Care, we’d like to suggest one very big reason: your feet! These amazing structures take you everywhere you want to go. They allow you to stand, squat, run, walk, jump and pretty much do all of your daily activities. Yet often they are taken for granted. This Thanksgiving season, remember your feet and consider doing a little something for them that says “thank you.” Below are some suggestions:
Buy a New Pair of Shoes—one of the best ways to take care of your feet and prevent a multitude of foot health issues is by wearing shoes that are properly designed and fit well. Observe these tips to get the best shoes for your feet:
Get your foot professionally measured. It’s estimated that up to 90% of people are wearing shoes that are too small for their feet.
Shop late in the day—that’s when your foot is most swollen.
Buy shoes made of natural, flexible materials that breathe and allow air circulation around your feet.
Limit heel height to 2” or less.
Look for good arch support in a shoe to help prevent heel pain.
Try on both shoes and walk around the store for several minutes to be sure the shoes are comfortable
Develop (or Follow!) a Good Foot Care Regimen--it doesn’t need to take a long time, but having a good foot care routine can go a long way to keeping your feet healthy and injury-free. Wash feet daily and dry thoroughly, especially between the toes. Keep feet moisturized to prevent dry skin and heel cracks. If your feet tend to sweat profusely, apply a foot powder in the morning before you put your socks on. Keep toenails trimmed straight across and not too short. Get in the habit of inspecting your feet regularly and report any abnormalities to our podiatrist, Dr. Charles A. Suleskey, promptly.
Give Your Feet a Treat—a foot massage not only feels wonderful, but it can also help loosen up your muscles and relieve stress. A professional pedicure is another option as long as you go to a salon that follows appropriate sanitizing procedures.