Maintaining healthy feet is important for being active, staying alive and feeling good. Neglecting the health of your feet can lead to serious problems that will make cause you great pain, drain your finances and sap up all your joy. Fortunately, you can take very easy steps to maintain the health of your feet. Some of these steps are:

  • Keep your feet dry and clean - You may think this is a no brainer but actually many people fail to give proper attention to their feet while showering. They often think that just because water they pour on themselves reach the feet that is sufficient to clean the feet. Nevertheless, many podiatrists recommend that you scrub your feet thoroughly with water and soap while bathing.

It is also important to dry them since fungal organisms thrive on moist environments. Pay attention to each toe as you dry the feet.

  • Wear breathable shoes - You have about 250,000 sweat glands in each foot. Perspiration can lead to serious bacteria infestation. Wear socks that keep the feet dry and stay clean of excessive tight pantyhose that trap moisture. Wear shoes that allow air to circulate and keep your feet dry. Leather shoes are perfect for this job. If you are prone to sweaty feet, wear shoes made of mesh fabrics.

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Effect of tobacco on your feet

As you may already be aware, the use of tobacco is detrimental to your health. Many people know that smoking cigarettes affects their lungs gravely and eventually leads to cancer. However, it is interesting to know that smoking can affect the health of your feet too. Many doctors can point out a smoker just by looking at their feet.

The skin around this area may appear shinier, thinner or reddish in color. Your feet are a long way from your heart, which means they are often the last to receive blood circulation. Even at your peek body performance, they sometimes do not get adequate blood circulation.

Smoking affects your body, which in turn lowers its performance. Over time, you develop a condition called peripheral arterial disease. In this condition, a certain substance known as plague quickly builds in the arteries that run down to the feet. This causes the arteries to become stiff and narrow, and it is difficult for blood to reach down your legs. You will feel pain in the legs and injuries will take time to heal.

Shoes to avoid to give your feet a break

One of the things that contribute to poor health in your feet is the type of shoes you choose to wear. It is true that every woman has at least one pair of shoes that she really adores and wears often. The problem is that your feet may not feel the same way as your heart. This is a serious issue since the wrong choice of shoes can cause calluses, hammertoe, nerve damage, and other grave medical conditions.

Here is an insight on some of the worst shoes to wear:

  1. Flip-flops - These are likely the most popular type of shoes today and it may surprise many that they are one of the worst shoes to wear. This type of shoe is not meant for everyday use as people often think. They do not have any arch support and offer no protection to the foot. Therefore, in these shoes, the foot is always prone to injuries.

According to top podiatrists, wearing flip-flops could lead to strained ankles, scraped feet and broken toes. It is better to wear real sandals unless you are at the beach.

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  1. Spike heels - Heels have been quite popular for many years now. Many women wear them to work, dinners, parties and even night outs. It is a common scientific fact that the higher the heel of the shoes, the more misaligned your feet are. The Achilles tendons shorten when the feet is in very high heels.

If you develop a habit of wearing very high heels, you will eventually develop Achilles tendonitis. Many podiatrists recommend wearing heels of 2 inches or less. Spike heels also apply high pressure on the balls of the feet, which can lead to an acute pain experts call metatarsalgia. It is not bad to wear very high heels but exercise moderation.