- It is very important to care for the feet but oftentimes they are being ignored.
- Foot problems not only cause pain and discomfort but can also get in the way of daily routines.
- There are remedies to foot problems such as footwear that provide arch support and antibacterial products to prevent bad odor.
Summer can be especially challenging for people with foot problems. Here’s what podiatrists recommend to keep your feet healthy.
Ensure better arch support to avoid foot pain.
Footwears that do not provide support for the arch, ankle, and heel, like flip-flops and sandals, can cause many feet problems, and most foot doctors recommend limiting your time wearing them. If you need to wear them, use arch support insoles or inserts to make them more comfortable and safe for your feet, and avoid pain caused by poor arch support. If you feel discomfort at the end of the day, stretch your feet, ankles, and calves to alleviate it.
Cover blisters properly.
If you get a blister, podiatrists caution against popping it to avoid infection. Instead, apply antibiotic cream to the blister and cover it with a bandage. A blister should heal in a few days, but if it doesn’t, see a podiatrist immediately as it may be infected.
Wear a blister bandage with your new shoes.
Special blister bandages help prevent feet problems that may arise when wearing new shoes. These squishy liquid-filled bandages help the skin adapt and create a barrier to reduce sores and blisters from friction. Place the bandage on spots where sandal straps rub or use it to cover and protect an existing blister.
Spritz antiperspirant on your sweaty feet.
Sweaty feet can cause stench, cracked heels, lizard-like skin, and fungal infections. Your toes each has about 250,000 sweat glands, which can produce half a pint of sweat daily. Block your sweat ducts and lessen the perspiration that reaches the surface by misting your feet with an antiperspirant/deodorant spray every morning and night, says Wenjay Sung, a California-based podiatrist and foot-and-ankle surgeon.
Give your itchy feet a vinegar bath.
According to Dr. Sung, a foot bath of malt or white vinegar can soothe the itchy feet caused by infection.
Apply sunblock to your feet to avoid cancer.
Make it a habit to apply sunblock to the top and bottom of your feet and between your toes during summer to prevent cancer, says New York City-based podiatrist Johanna Youner.
Prevent athlete’s foot with foot powder.
Dr. Youner recommends sprinkling closed shoes with foot powder, baby powder, or cornstarch daily to prevent fungus growth. Common symptoms of athlete’s foot and other foot infections include itchy and scaly feet and toes. California-based podiatrist Ami Sheth warns against going barefoot when in public pools and locker rooms. These moist surfaces are a common breeding ground for bacterial and fungal infections.
Air out your shoes to prevent stinky feet
Air out your shoes after wearing them to prevent bacteria growth, which causes your feet to stink. If possible, try not to wear the same shoes two days in a row.
Buy your kids running shoes to prevent foot pain.
A common complaint among kids is heel pain, which can result from irritation in the growth plate in the heels due to overuse. An effective way to prevent this is to get your kids good footwear, like running shoes, which provides extra support.
To check a shoe’s ability to provide support, do the bend test. A shoe that doesn’t bend much in your hands means it offers better support. If your kids like sneakers, compromise with a sport sandal with toe cap or straps that provide some support.
Source: The Healthy