BEST FEET FORWARD . . .

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What hardships do our feet undergo throughout a lifetime? 

Feet accumulate the wear and tear of travelling distances, bear the stress of daily work – whether sitting, or standing for long hours, or carrying heavy loads. We use feet for walking, running, climbing, driving, standing, and even for balance. Unlike a tire change on a car, we are unable to change the feet on our bodies. When they become worn and torn, it is imperative to take notice of any ongoing foot pain, discomfort, or abnormality.

What are common signs of feet who need care?

Foot fungus, blisters, plantar warts, corns, bunions, ingrown toe nails, cracked skin, even minor cuts are all possible problems that can arise when foot health is overlooked and not monitored on a consistent basis. If there are any unknown causes of bleeding, skin discoloration, or numbness along with loss of feeling this should be communicated with your health professionals as there could be more serious undiagnosed conditions such as diabetes. These issues can vary in severity levels depending on when they are addressed, however, attack any foot related concerns at the earliest warning signs. Seek consultation from general health professionals first, and then if needed, generalists can recommend foot care specialists such as podiatrists, chiropractors, endocrinologists, or even masseurs/masseuses. 

Simple solutions for sustaining healthy feet are daily preventative routines.

Recommendations are as follows:

Inspect your feet daily

Keep feet washed and clean thoroughly between toes and underside

Dry feet after shower as fungus and other bacteria thrive in moist conditions

Trim overgrown nails and confirm no signs of ingrown toenails.

Wear proper footwear – socks and shoes. In relation to the environment, foot size, proper walking mechanics, and even athletic related activities.

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