Friday, 30 May 2014

Foot Care for Walkers

Walking is a low impact, stress free form of exercise that is suitable for all ages and has health benefits for all parts of the body. People walk for different reasons – some purely for the exercise, others because their work demands it and some walk as a form or relaxation. But, for all of us our feet take the load!

Pressure on Feet

Your feet carry the full weight of your body. Each step you take pressurizes your feet. Though they are made f strong bones and tissues, it does not mean that we can ignore foot care. It’s easy for take care of the rest of the body and ignore the feet. It is only when foot problems arise that we realize how much we depend on them and how problems with the feet can affect the quality of life. Here are a few simple tips to keep your feet healthy and allow you to walk in comfort.

Shoes

Everyone knows how uncomfortable a badly fitting pair of shoes can be. What many do not realize is that wearing improper shoes will damage the feet to a greater extent. There’s nothing wrong in spending a lot of money on the latest branded athletic shoes – they are good. There is no single ideal type of walking shoe. It varies according to the type and shape of the feet and how high the arches are. The best way to buy walking shoes is to spend time trying on as many shoes as possible before shortlisting the most comfortable ones. Ensure that you walk wearing them to check how easy you feel. This should be done late in the day when the feet tend to expand to their largest. The same kind of socks that are worn for walking should be put on when trying the new shoes. Out of the shortlisted ones, choose those that are snug at the heel but have enough room in front to wiggle the toes. Remember that your feet are not of exactly the same size, so try on both shoes before buying a pair. If you suffer from bunions, corns, hammertoes or other foot problems, consult a podiatrist before buying shoes.

Foot Care
  • Wash your feet thoroughly every day and ensure that they are properly dried.
  • Check your feet daily for any signs of calluses, blisters or soreness. If you do find anything, apply petroleum jelly to the affected area and also dust some talcum powder on the feet before putting on socks. If the condition does not improve, consult a podiatrist.
  • Apply topical anti-fungal cream at the first sign of athlete’s foot or other such fungal infection. Itching and redness between the toes are common signs of this.
  • Wear thick absorbent socks when walking and change them after each use.
  • Cut your toenails regularly and shape them straight across the front of the toe.

When in doubt about a foot problem, however minor it may seem, consult a podiatrist. The longer you delay treatment, the longer the recovery and the longer you may be left without the pleasure and exercise that comes from walking.

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