Your feet can reveal a lot about your general well-being, and foot health is important. If you are experiencing discomfort or chronic problems with your feet, then it may be time to address some other underlying problems. Healthy, comfortable feet ensure we are not distracted by pain and discomfort that can affect our mood, mobility and productivity. Foot care experts, Simply Feet have made a list of some of the most common, and treatable, foot complaints along with advice to put a spring back in your step.
Dry, Cracked Feet
Perhaps one of the most common foot complaints, dry, cracked feet can indicate that you are dehydrated and overworked, as those spending a lot of time on their feet are likely to be affected by this problem. Fortunately, it can be addressed by some TLC and ultra-hydrating creams or foot masks. Heel balms are especially popular and effective and can be applied as a treat after a long working day.
Corns and Callouses
Thick patches of hard but sensitive skin can indicate ill-fitting footwear or an irregular gait. Your natural walk may be applying too much pressure to certain areas of the foot, but this can be addressed so that you are far more comfortable. Insoles can address fallen arches or rolling of the foot that causes undue pressure, but cushioning pads are also an effective way to make your daily walking more comfortable. Not only will padding make your feet more comfortable in the short term, but adequate protection can also help prevent further problems from arising in the future.
Excessive itching or perspiration of the feet can be extremely uncomfortable and distracting. This is a very common complaint for active people or those in a hot and stressful environment. Breathable socks and good-quality footwear are essential.
Painful and often vulnerable to infection, ingrowing toenails are a common complaint. Tight-fitting footwear, improper trimming of the nails and even genetic factors can contribute to chronic ingrown toenails, but help is at hand. A good-quality nail clipper and file are essential for healthy feet and toenails. Nail oils for general health and resilience can also be an effective way to ensure that your nails grow healthily and correctly.
Tired, Aching Feet
Painful feet with no visible cause are a very common complaint in busy modern times, when much is expected of us. Set some time aside for yourself and truly pamper your feet to improve your overall comfort and well-being. Start with a warm soak, a gentle oil massage and a generous coating of foot mask, and finish with some luxurious gel pamper socks to let the hydration really sink in.
Why not make it a weekly routine to take some time out for yourself and focus on your foot health with some pampering? You’ll be walking on air for the rest of the week.
This isn’t something I really think about but was an interesting post to read! I had an ingrowing toe nail when I was a child – it was so painful! x
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I really ought to look after my feet better – they’re so dry and always look a mess!
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I don’t fit into any of these categories, I wonder what long toes and skinny feet mean about me? Haha. I could probably do with a pedicure soon, never had one before! x
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I always get dry skin on my heels from all the walking I do
Some great tips!
Wow, it’s pretty surprising what feet can reveal! I’ve never really thought about it but it’s really interesting 🙂
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I don’t look after my feet at ALL, I really should as they look worse for wear being honest. x
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I am embarrassed by my feet, even at home.
Great post! I agree that your feet reveal a lot about your health. This is why it is so important to take proper care of them. Thanks for sharing.
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Great recommendations! I totally agree, a lot of people focus on healthy lifestyle (exercise and diet) but then just ignore their feet! It’s important to remember that feet are the foundation of the human body. From experience I know that if we neglect them it can definitely lead to other health issues.
Unfortunately, athletes foot can quickly spread to the nails. Nail fungus is incredibly hard to get rid of, so please treat athletes foot if you have it.
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Nice share Rebecca, I have suffered and still do from a couple of the issues you’ve mentioned above, like the athlete’s foot and dry cracked foot. (I think these 2 goes hand in hand)
I need to take better care of my feet! I only have two and can’t be replaced 🙂
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Healthy and clean feet represent how much you love yourself because people most of the time do not pay attention to their feet and do not clean them. Foot care demands time and attention. If you truly love yourself focus on your feet and toenails as well.
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