The New Year makes us all think about goals and resolutions. It's a new chapter and there are so many ways in which we can enhance the quality of our lives (if we were to just stick to the plan). The problem many face is having a plan in the first place. So, as you make your list of goals and (hopefully) jot down some realistic ways of achieving them, we thought we'd provide some simple step-by-step (pun intended) ways to introduce better foot health for the New Year. We know—Your feet may be the last thing you were thinking about in terms of new goals for a "new you" in 2018. However, these are some tried and true tips that ultimately lead to better overall health. So, why not start with the feet?
- Move your body. Sure, we all know that working out helps us stay lean and full of energy, but did you know that exercise also helps keep your feet healthy too? If you are moving and burning calories (in some good shoes), you are likely maintaining control of or losing weight. Less weight means less stress on your feet. Walking does wonders for both the feet and your overall health, so keep moving!
- Moisturize. Moisturize. Moisturize. Hydration is essential to keeping your feet soft and pliable—not to mention free from dry cracks and risk of infection. Make moisturizing your feet a daily ritual, both at the start of the day and as you prepare for sleep.
- Limit the biggest offenders—Flip flops and heels. We know how hard it can be to stay away from the comfort of the flip-flop (yes, even during wintertime) or deny those killer stilettos a night out, but these are truly top offenders. In terms of flip-flops, there is no support provided for your feet, not to mention the risks involved with infection or injury due to the open nature of "shoes." Heels force your feet into an unnatural position which can cause damage to your arch and result in blisters, bunions, corns, and more. If you put these two types of footwear into the "sometimes-is-okay" category, you should be safe and sound in 2018. (But always watch your step ;)
- Avoid foods that cause inflammation. They say "you are what you eat." In the case of feet, this is very true. Any foods that cause inflammation can prove to be painful for your feet. The following are some examples of top offenders: refined sugars and grains, trans fat from baked goods, and saturated fats (think red meat). The bottom line is the more wholesome the diet, the healthier the head, shoulders, knees, and toes ... knees and toes!
There you have it, four great tips for healthy feet and healthy bodies. If you have any questions, get in touch and we can get you in to see the doctor. In the meantime, have a happy, healthy New Year!