National I Love My Feet Day is celebrated annually on August 17. It’s a good time to take a moment and thank your feet for all they do. Dancing, jogging, running, hiking, playing sports and so many other activities are all possible because of your feet. Let’s explore some ways you can say thank you to your feet for all that they do.
Over 75% of Americans have some problem with their feet, but you can prevent many of these simply by taking care of your feet in the first place. We take care of other parts of our body but often forget about our feet. That’s a mistake. Here are some tips for preventive care:
- Wash and clean your feet daily with soap and warm water.
- Massage your feet daily. This can help with circulation and is especially important for diabetics and seniors.
- Protect your feet with the proper footwear. Work boots are a must if you work around any dangerous material.
- Practice stretches before any exercise.
- Keep your feet warm, dry, and clean.
- Use moisturizer to keep your skin supple.
- Remember to apply sunscreen to your feet if they are exposed to the Sun’s UV rays.
- Carefully use a toe-nail clipper to cut straight across the nail.
- Wear shoes that provide proper arch support.
- Do not go barefoot. This is especially important at the pool, gym locker rooms, or the beach where bacteria can grow.
- Soak your feet in warm water and Epsom salts. Just remember to fully dry them off afterward.
You don’t need an expensive spa treatment, just following the simple tips above for a few minutes every day can keep your feet free of problems. Pamper your feet and your feet will love you for it.
For more tips or if you are experiencing any foot-related issue, call Syracuse Podiatry, located in East Syracuse, New York. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Donal M. Erickson, and their staff will help you diagnose and treat your foot or ankle condition. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today.