The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) conducted a large study in 2010, and their findings concluded that over 50% of those surveyed experienced foot pain and discomfort at least some of the time, yet foot care scored all the way at the bottom of the “very important” scale for overall health. Those with foot pain were more likely to have health issues in other areas of the body, yet, like most of us, it was the last thing they thought to take care of. At Therafit we understand how our whole bodies depend on the support of our feet – they are our foundation, and always the first to be forgotten.
According to the study, 43% of adults say they wish their feet didn’t hurt as much at the end of the day, 41% feel that if their feet felt better, their back might not hurt as much, and 41%believe their overall health would be better if they did not experience foot pain/ailments. What other incentive do you need?
Follow these six tips to bring your feet back to the top of your priority list.
Replace running shoes ever 300-500 miles or every 6 months.
There are certainly many different opinions out there on when is the right time to replace old shoes, which also very much depend on how you wear and tear your shoes. Weight, size, daily usage are only a few variables.
If you think it’s time for a new pair of runners, go to your local shoe store with your old shoes in hand and try on a new pair of the same brand. If the new shoes feel dramatically different and more supportive, it’s probably the time to buy them. Another important point is to listen to your body – if you’re having more aches and pains during or after your walks and runs, it may be the simplest sign that you’re not getting enough support where it counts. Time to buy new shoes in this case too!
Wash your feet every day!
Inspect your feet every week so you can catch any issues early on – flaky, white skin could be the beginning of athlete’s foot, and watch out for any discoloration of the toes that could lead to a fungal infection.Daily scrubbing can prevent bacteria from building up, definitely not something you want on your feet. Make sure to dry them very well afterwards (even between your toes!) – fungal organisms love moisture.
On that note..
Stay dry and warm.
Keep your feet dry and free of any foreign objects. Immediately change your socks if you feel any moisture building up. Put on socks before bed or around the house when you’re cold to increase circulation and help prevent bacterial buildup.