Foot Pain: Its Causes And Prevention
by Alex Olson
If we don't take care of our feet, we won't be going very far, but even in light of this basic fact, many people don't give their feet the attention they deserve!
Of all the parts that make up your body, your feet probably suffer the most stress on a day to day basis. From uncomfortable shoes to just walking on concrete floors day in and day out, feet can develop pain that ranges from mild to excruciating. With a little bit of thought and effort however, some well-considered foot care can go a long way towards keeping your feet healthy and happy.
When thinking about foot care, one of the most important things to think about are your shoes. No matter what shoes you like to wear, they should above all be comfortable. Some people that shoes should be broken in, but nothing could be further from the truth. If shoes don't fit right on your feet while you are trying them on, don't buy them. Shoes that fit poorly can lead to you get cuts and sores on your feet that will take ages to heal.
When you do get sores or cuts on your feet, it is important to heal them as quickly and completely as possible. Remember that open air is good for your feet and when you are spending some time watching television, take off your shoes and socks. Whenever you see a sore developing, make sure to apply medication as needed.
To speed up the healing process, make sure that you wear socks that are extremely clean and soft; socks with a rough texture can abrade and irritate sores. Whenever possible, remove dead skin from the heels and soles of your feet
to prevent infection and irritation. A pedicure, whether you're male or female, can go a long way towards keeping your feet healthy.
One of the biggest problems that affect the foot is that of sweat. When your feet sweat, there is a good chance that you will not be in a situation where you can remove your shoes to air them out. Athlete's foot is one problem that can occur when your feet sweat excessively, and any sores or calluses that are already on your feet will be irritated and worsen in the presence of sweat.
To prevent this situation from getting out of hand, wear shoes that breathe; canvas or leather shoes are good for this, as are sandals. Don't wear the same shoes day in and day out and if necessary, use foot powder to dry your feet out a little.
In terms of general foot care to reduce foot pain, there are just a few things to remember. Remember to wash your feet when you bathe and when you do so, rinse the soap off thoroughly to prevent itchiness from dried soap. Also, when trimming your toenails, remember not to trim them straight across. Exposing your nail bed to constant pressure and irritation can cause sores to develop. Keep in mind that many over the count products to dissolve corns and bunions can be harmful and corrosive to healthy skin as well as skin that has been affected.
When it comes right down to it, remember that if you take care of your feet, they will take care of you.
About the Author
Alex Olson wrote a number of highly popular articles which concern health problems. In them she pays much attention to foot pain and foot care.