It is very important to take proper care of your feet. Not only to make them look good in high heels, but also to have them feel good.
Foot problems are often the first signs of aging, says John Sigle, DPM, FACFAS from the FOot & Ankle Center of Illinois.
There are a lot of possible foot problems. So much the list might look quite scary. Especially when you include in it flattening of the arches, misalignment of the toes, discoloration, peeling, flaking, cracks in the skin and so on.
“People with predisposing factors such as obesity, peripheral neuropathy, flat feet, pronation or supination, osteoporosis, arthritis and diabetes are even more likely to have foot problems with age”, says Sigle.
Don’t get too scared though. He also says there are some easy ways to age-proof and take proper care of your feet. You just have to be proactive.
Here are a few of Sigle’s advices
How to take proper care of your feet
– Inspect your feet regularly. Look for a change in color, temperature, nail discoloration, cuts or cracks in the skin, scaling, peeling, or new growths
– Practice good hygiene. Wash and dry your feet regularly; and exfoliate and moisturize dry flaky skin
– Trim your nails properly. Trim them straight across and not too short. Avoid cutting them on the sides or corners to prevent ingrown toenails and infection
– Wear shoes that are proper for the activity you are engaged in and ones that accommodate the shape of your feet. Replace worn shoes and try not to wear the same shoes all the time
– Wear comfortable shoes instead of fashionable ones. Whenever possible, avoid wearing high heels, or at least reduce the length of the heel and frequency of use. If you simply must have to be in killer heels, opt for ones with a platform to still be high but lower the angle of your feet
– Wear shoes with a larger toe box if you have crooked toes, bunions, hammertoes, corns, or arthritis in your toes. A larger toe box will prevent your toes from pressing against the top of the shoe and reduce your chances of forming an open sore or ulcer. Avoid pointy shoes and opt instead for ones with round toe boxes
– Select stable shoes if you have weak ligaments and tendons, posterior tibial tendonitis (micro-tears on the tendon on the inside of the ankle), or pronation (inward/outward movement of the ankle/foot). Chunky heels would work
– Don’t buy shoes that are too tight. Shop at the end of the day when your feet are at their maximum size and measure your feet standing
– Wear appropriate hosiery and socks if you have changes in circulation or other vascular diseases or diabetes. Avoid wearing nylon and rayon socks if you have dry, flaky skin
– Don’t ignore foot pain because it’s not normal; especially if you have persistent pain that is limiting your mobility and lifestyle
– Don’t be afraid to consult with your podiatrist about surgical options if you have structural deformities such as bunions, crooked toes, hammertoes, bone spurs, or end-stage arthritis
Also, take a look at some other tips to take proper care of your feet.