It can be easy to overlook the importance of healthy feet. Until we actually experience a problem that causes us pain or effects our mobility, we just expect our feet to do their jobs and keep us moving. While there is no foolproof way to entirely avoid foot problems, there are simple steps you can take to keep your feet healthy and trouble-free.
Keep these five things top of mind when taking care of the vital structures at the bottom of your legs:
- Keep them clean and dry. Fungus and bacteria are two of the biggest sources of foot problems. Everything from athlete’s foot to toenail fungus to other issues begin with a dirty and moist environment in which these enemies of the feet can grow and thrive. That is why it is so important to keep your feet clean, making sure that you scrub them with soap and water when you shower and then thoroughly dry them off when you are done. Pay particular attention to the area between your toes.
- Be careful out there. When you are walking barefoot in wet environments, such as poolside or in a locker room, be extra sure to get that moisture off your feet. Better still, wear flip-flops or shower shoes to keep your feet off of surfaces which are playgrounds for fungus.