Nowadays people pay more attention to their health status, as well as measures and precautions to illness and injury. Besides, more and more people realize that foot care is one important part in the whole health care. And there is much to be done for the wellness of the feet, ankles, and lower legs.
However, some bad habits cause feet problems without conscience. And here are some common bad habits.
- Barefoot in public places: Sometimes we have to do that. People may get together in public showers going barefoot. People may not wear shoes in locker rooms. People may gather and wear no shoes at some specific places and occasions. Those places are abundant with germs that cause athlete’s foot, plantar warts, and other common infections.
- Toenails improperly trimmed: As most foot-care experts suggest, please keep toenails at a reasonable length. Trim regularly and straight across with a nail clipper, instead of scissors. And a common mistake–Don’t round the corners like trimming fingernails.
- Wearing uncomfortable or unsupportive shoes daily. For everyday use, a pair of sensible shoes with enough room and volume but low and chunky heels. Also, non-skid rubber will add an advantage to keep you safe from falling down and hurting your foot and ankle. A tip especially for ladies: Leave alone those high-heel stilettoes for special occasions only. That will surely help to reduce your risk of deformities such as bunions and hammertoes.
Fortunately, there are also good habits you can create to protect your foot health.
- See a foot doctor (like a podiatrist) at least once a year to carefully examine your feet, ankles, and lower legs, and to accurately diagnose any existing or potential foot problems. Often, a personalized and effective plan for treatment and ongoing foot-care will be created.
- Wear suitable insoles.
For those with neutral foot conditions, the insoles for daily life and work are highly recommended. They not only provide extra comfort and cushioning, but also protect and prevent potential foot deformation.
For those with specific foot conditions, like flat feet, high arch, metatarsiagal, etc., please follow the foot doctor’s instructions and advice before choosing a pair of orthotic insoles for the treatment.