Today I want to refocus your attention on having healthy feet. Did you know that the foot contains the most sweat glands than any other part of the body (about 3000 glands per square inch)?
And that sometimes, inside your shoe the temperature can reach up to 102 F? Combine all this with lazy or poor hygiene and improper shoes and the result is disastrous.
Many of my misinformed friends are suffering this season because of their feet.
They complain of one or more of these:
- bromhidrosis (smelly feet)
- heel pain
If you are not careful, you can end up with serious infections that can threaten your health and confidence.
The Golden Rules For Healthy Feet
Because I know that your well being is very important to you, I am going to share some great tips that you can use and even tell your friends on how to protect their feet. Read carefully the information below and incorporate them into your life for happier and healthier feet!
- Wash your feet daily with soap and warm water.
This will cleanse your feet of sweat, dirt, and bacteria that might be living there. Pay extra attention to the spaces in between the toes. Wipe your feet gently with a towel afterward.
- Avoid going barefoot in public areas.
You must know that locker rooms, public pools, showers, and similar areas are loaded with fungi just waiting to get to your toes. Always wear flip-flops, sandals, or shower shoes in a moist environment.
The Right Footwear
- Wear properly fitted shoes.
Shoes shouldn’t be touching your toenails in any way! So, it’s best to avoid sliding into shoes that are too big and jamming your toenails into the end of the shoe.
- Choose breathable footwear.
The more air that’s able to circulate around your feet, the drier and less susceptible to toenail fungus they’ll be. Your best bets: Shoes made of a breathable material like leather or canvas.
- Wear Cotton Socks.
Avoid synthetic material on your feet, as they restrict the flow of air. Cotton or woolen socks are the best choices, as they let your skin breathe. These materials are also absorptive, which makes the sweat more manageable.
Pay Attention to your Toenails
- Keep your toenails clean as well.
If you walk around wearing sandals in the summer, you might find that your toenails get dirty. Take the time to clean them every time you bathe your feet.
- Correctly Clip Your Toenails.
Cut your toenails with properly sanitized nail scissors or clippers and make sure to cut them straight across. It’s fine to use a nail file to gently file any sharp edges.
Take Care of Your Shoes
- Alternate your shoes.
Putting on shoes that are still damp from yesterday’s sweaty workout will only increase your risk of a toenail fungal infection, so invest in a few good pairs and rotate them. Don’t wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row.
- Disinfect regularly.
Spray your shoes with an antibacterial spray, especially if you’ve worn them without socks, and wash all socks in hot water with bleach to kill any fungi.
- Sprinkle your shoes.
Use an antifungal powder to keep fungi at bay. Sprinkle the powder inside your socks and shoes before each wearing to prevent the growth of fungi and spores. This is especially important in hot weather when your feet tend to sweat more.
Keeping good care of your feet must become a daily habit and you will soon rejoice in the benefits of it.
To your health!