Foot Care 101: Building a healthy foundation

A woman rubs her feet after taking off high heels. How much effort do you put into caring for your feet?

You may have heard the expression, “Healthy from head to toe.” But how much effort do you put into caring for your feet?  

Your feet can say a lot about your health. Here’s some advice to keep your feet healthy and happy.

1. Wear the right size shoes.

Every brand and style are different, so don’t just trust the number. Wearing the wrong size can lead to foot pain, calluses, bunions, and more. Walk, skip, or jog lightly when you try on new shoes to get a real feel for the fit. If they seem too loose or too tight, look for another size or style. Pro tip: Go shoe shopping later in the day. Your feet swell throughout the day, so you want to consider this extra width when making your purchase.

2. Choose function over style.

High heels force your body to shift weight to the front of your foot, putting strain on your muscles and joints. This can create pain in your back, hips, knees, and even your shoulders along with your feet. If you’re wearing flip flops, choose a high-quality pair that fits well and avoid walking long distances.

3. Roll with it.

Standing or being on-the-go all day can take a toll. Get some relief by rolling a golf ball or tennis ball under your feet. This mini massage can help to lessen discomfort and ease pain in your muscles and heel.

4. Stay physically active.

We’re often sitting or standing for long periods of time at work. Take 20 minutes to stretch and work out your feet to keep your blood flowing. Maintaining a healthy weight is also important to reduce stress on your feet and helps lower your risk for diabetes or poor circulation.

5. Embrace self-care for your feet.

We’ve shared how important self-care is for your mental and physical health. Your feet should be part of that! Soak your feet in the bathtub for a little TLC. Massage them with coconut oil before bedtime to help improve circulation and help you relax.

These tips will ensure your feet not only look good but feel great. If you’re having issues with your feet, see a professional. Use our “Find a doctor” tool to locate a podiatrist near you.

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