The average adult takes approximately 4,000 to 6,000 steps a day. For an athlete or a much more active adult, that number could as much as triple. Since Americans do so much walking, running, and hiking, it’s essential to always focus on foot health and preventing foot pain.
Here are some excellent ways to limit debilitating foot pain and keep your feet healthy and strong:
- Keep your toenails short — It might not sound like it matters, but you need to keep your toenails properly maintained to avoid injury down the road. Long and sharp nails can be a nightmare while you’re sleeping and can cause all kinds of bodily issues. Be careful not to cut your toenails too short, however, because ingrown toenails can begin growing as a result.
- Keep your feet clean — A dirty foot is much more likely to become injured if you’re not careful. You should focus on good hygiene for your entire body, but a lot of people neglect their feet when it comes to cleanliness. Simply stepping into the shower and washing the rest of your body won’t suffice, you need to thoroughly clean and scrubs your feet with soap and water. Additionally, you need to keep them dry after each wash to avoid fungal infections.
- Don’t let your feet constantly sweat — Feet have hundreds of thousands of sweat glands, so this can be difficult, but it’s essential to foot health. Sweaty feet can lead to all kinds of bacterial issues so be sure to wear socks that are able to wick away moisture.
- Know when to see a foot specialist — If you are experiencing any pain in your feet, don’t ignore the issue or even attempt to fix it yourself. Schedule an appointment with a podiatrist and talk about your conditions. Be sure to monitor any redness, swelling, and discolorations in addition to the pain.
If you want to learn more about various foot problems, how to effectively prevent foot pain, or are in need of painless bunion surgery, give Dr. Richard Moy a call right away!