Despite being one of the most used parts of our bodies, we tend not to take care of our feet. A recent survey revealed that 4 out of 5 Americans have experienced some kind of foot issue. That’s not surprising considering your feet walk about 2.5 miles every day on average. What makes it serious is that chronic foot issues can affect your overall quality of life, like making it difficult to exercise or travel. Follow this handy guide to treat your feet and reduce your risk of complications.
Keep them clean and dry
Feet are prone to different types of infections. A big part of this is because moisture gets trapped inside our shoes and on our feet, which in turn allows bacteria to grow and thrive. It’s recommended you give your feet a good wash and dry them thoroughly every day. Also, try to wear shoes made of breathable materials like leather, canvas or mesh, and alternate them every day.
Avoid uncomfortable footwear
Shoes that fit right won’t press or rub against your feet and cause irritation. They should also provide good support for your heels and arches. Heels, flats and flip-flops are a few notorious examples of shoes that provide very little support and can actually damage your feet. In fact, high heels naturally affect your posture and, worn too much, can lead to chronic knee, hip and back pain later in life. It’s recommended you wear them sparingly and opt for lower heels with more support.
Don’t treat issues at home
If you notice any pain, discoloration, swelling or any other unusual symptoms, it’s best to have a doctor take a look. Treating it at home often can make the problem worse. Plus, many issues can be easily treated with a prescription or quick in-office procedure. If you need help finding a provider, don’t forget to use our Find a Preferred Provider tool.
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