Thursday, June 07, 2007

Footcare and Footware tips

Your foorwear is important in protecting you rfeet during activity and can play a large role in determining your foot health in the future.

Here are some tips about footwear and gederal footcare to keep in mind.


The ideal footwear should be lace-up, with absorbing sole(improtant these days because most of our walking surfaces are concrete based.)

Shoes such as sneakers, "Dr Martins" and similar are great, because they meet these criteria well.

Avoid shoes made of vinly, however as they are unable to pass moisture away from the skin and socks, causing the foot to become incredibly sweaty. This can lead to skin infections and will do little to enhance you love life, as the bacteria in these conditions also make your feet smell awful.

For summer/hot weather use, the "Reef Sandal" design of open toed shoes is generally good. as it provides protection for the foot with support from anke straps. Avoid thongs or the "massage sandal" for daily use as they afford little protection.

The most common complaints cause by footwear are:
*corns and calus (caused by tight or ill fitting shoes)
*ankle, KNee, hip and back pain (shoes too high or lack shock absorption)
*painful or ingrown toe nails(shoe too short, too shallow or too tight)

Looking After Your Feet
Feet need regular maintenace. Make sure that you keep them clean and protected in appropriate footwear.

Use Cream on your heals daily if you get dry or cracked hills( especially in summer).Some people find that using a pumice stone, or even fine sandpaper on healvily callused areas helaps to keep their feet comfortable

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