Feet can be considered a neglected part of your body when it comes to most people. We spend lots of time and effort on shampooing our hair and getting it to shine, moisturizing your legs and arms, and clearing out pores on your face and buffing up your finger nails. But it is important to note that healthy feet will enable you to stay active and feel good about yourself.
Neglecting feet can bring about foot problems and pain. You will need a podiatrist to look into such matters and bring your feet back into good shape. There are things you can do to keep your feet healthy too. You have to keep your feet clean and dry. To thoroughly clean your feet, you should always scrub your feet with water and soap every time you take a bath. Dry them with a towel afterwards. Keeping feet dry is important because moisture will allow fungal organisms to thrive.
But if you do encounter any infection or irregularity in your feet, it is better to visit a foot specialist and obtaining a professional opinion on how to treat it. To know if you have any infections you have to examine your feet well. It is generally advised to inspect your feet for problems once a week during your bath or shower. Check if you have any scaling on the soles or if the skin is peeling away between your toes. Nails are also a great way of looking for infections you may have. Some nails would get discoloured and it would be a sign of a toenail fungus.
You have to keep the toenails clean as well. Make sure you cut them on a regular basis. It is best not to cut very close to the skin as it may result in an ingrown toenail. One thing we’re guilty of doing is hiding ugly or unclean nails with nail polish. You may make the problem worse if you just ignore it and cover it up. It is better to have immediate attention on whatever the issue is so that you can bring back your healthy feet. A good way of preventing fungal infections is by protecting your feet in public spaces such as showers, changing rooms and public pools. Wear footwear at all times in such areas. It is not wise to share footwear and socks with another person as you may contract a fungal infection. Socks can also help keep your feet dry of sweat. You can keep your feet dry by wearing footwear that is breathable such as leather shoes or trainers that have breathing holes. Improperly fitted footwear can cause you a lot of problems too. Try not to wear shoes that are too tight.