Feet, being at the bottom of your body, can be easily neglected. You may not realize how important they are until you grow older and are plagued with increasing pain that may be from bunions, arthritis, and/or tendinitis. These conditions can severely hamper mobility and decrease your quality of life.
Here are some ways to prevent or improve mobility.
MAINTAIN AN IDEAL WEIGHT
Excess weight puts a lot of pressure on your feet. This can increase the likelihood of arthritis and lead to greater pain if conditions of the feet are already present. You may also suffer from diabetes and poor circulation if your weight is greater than it should be. These conditions can lead to progressive foot pain and numbness, which will make even the simplest movements difficult.
OWN A COUPLE OF PAIRS OF GOOD SHOES
Wearing tight business shoes sometimes won’t lead to long-term damage, but if you know your day will be spent on your feet, opt for comfortable, supportive shoes, such as properly-fitting athletic shoes that are suited for aerobics, running, and other activities that could put strain on your feet. If you need insoles, purchase the best. This is an investment in your future.
KEEP YOUR FEET MOISTURIZED AND DRY
After showering or bathing, use a thick lotion with a high moisturizing ability for your feet. The skin of your feet will get thinner and drier as you age, which can lead to bleeding and pain. When moisturizing, skip the space between your toes as excess moisture can lead to infections.
Dry your feet completely after bathing and cut your toenails straight to prevent in-grown toenails. Gently remove all calluses with a pumice stone or foot file. Your feet should remain soft, not become like concrete.
Stretches, especially those that target the top and bottom of your feet, can treat and prevent foot pain. A very important stretch is for the Achilles’ tendon.