How to keep your feet healthy

Elizabeth Micheal feet

Healthy feet start with good hygiene. Like; wash your feet and allowing proper drying time and be sure to dry well between individual toes.

Change your socks and air out your shoes to prevent fungus infections. These are basic things to do.

Check them daily for cuts, sores, swelling, and infected toenails.

Elizabeth Micheal feet

Just like you brush your teeth daily, so does your feet, make sure you follow the routine below:

Give them a good cleaning in warm water, but avoid soaking them because that may dry them out.

Moisturize them every day with lotion, cream, or petroleum jelly- Don’t put moisturizer between your toes. You want to keep the skin there dry to prevent infection.

Protect your feet in public areas- Be sure to wear shower shoes at the gym, in locker rooms, and at public pools. These places tend to be breeding grounds for fungi that can lead to infections.

Avoid wearing tight-fitting shoes. Your shoes shouldn’t hurt your feet.

Examine your feet for problems- Perform a foot self-exam once a week when you take a bath or shower, recommends Kurtz. As you’re drying off your feet, take a good look on the soles for any scaling and between your toes for peeling areas.

Skip the flip-flops and flats- They don’t provide enough arch support.

Don’t hide ‘ugly’ toenails with polish- A discolored, thick, cracked, or crumbling nail could signal a nail fungus.

Applying nail polish to an infected nail could make the problem worse.

Rotate your shoes so you’re not wearing the same pair every day.

Trim your toe nail straight across with a nail clipper. Then use an emery board or nail file to smooth the corners, which will prevent the nail from growing into your skin.

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