Tips for Healthy  Feet

Tips for Healthy Feet

You know your heart needs lots of TLC. Your feet do, too. After all, they are the workhorses of your body, taking about 5,000 steps a day. That’s 2.5 miles! Not to mention that your feet have to bear the weight of your body every step of the way. In addition, we cram them into shoes and stand on them for long periods of time. Those hard-working feet deserve a little more attention than you’re probably giving them. Here’s what you need to know.

Basic Care

What kind of basic care do my feet need?

Just as you wouldn’t go a day without brushing your teeth, you shouldn’t you go a day without taking care your feet.

↦ Check them daily for cuts, sores, swelling, and infected toenails.
↦ Give them a good cleaning in warm water, but avoid soaking them because that may dry them out.
↦ Moisturize them every day with lotion, cream, or petroleum jelly. Don’t put moisturizer between your toes. You want to keep the skin there dry to prevent infection.
↦ Avoid wearing tight-fitting shoes. Your shoes shouldn’t hurt your feet.
↦ Skip the flip-flops and flats. They don’t provide enough arch support.
↦ Rotate your shoes so you’re not wearing the same pair every day.
↦ Trim your toenails straight across with a nail clipper. Then use an emery board or nail file to smooth the corners, which will prevent the nail from growing into your skin.

What are the main causes of foot pain?

Foot pain can make it tough to do everyday activities like walk your dog or play with your kids. What’s behind that pain? Several things could be causing your aches. For women, high heels may be the biggest culprit. Other causes include being overweight, wearing poorly constructed shoes, a foot injury or a bruise, or faulty biomechanics, meaning that your walking gait isn’t quite normal.

How can I relieve foot pain?

You can treat minor foot pain at home.
map; Spend more time off your feet.
map; Massage your feet to ease tension and aches. You can rub your feet with your hands or move them over a rolling pin.
map; Take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication for pain.
map; Wear shoe inserts. Over-the-counter inserts may provide enough support. In some cases, your doctor may recommend prescription orthotics, which will be specially made for you.

If you have swelling that hasn’t improved within 2 to 5 days, pain that continues for a few weeks, or have burning pain, numbness, or tingling in your foot, call your doctor.

Get to a doctor immediately if you:
↦ Have an open wound
↦ See signs of infection
↦ Are not able to walk
↦ Can’t put weight on your foot
↦ Have diabetes and a wound that’s either not getting better or is warm, red, deep, or swollen

How can I prevent foot pain?

Solutions depend on what’s triggering your pain, but here are some general pointers to remember:

↦ Wear properly fitted shoes, replacing them if they have too much wear on the heels or soles.
↦ Wear the right shoes for any activity you’re doing.
↦ Avoid wearing high heels every day, and don’t wear any that are higher than 2 inches.
↦ Lose weight if you need to.
↦ Give yourself time to warm up and cool down when you exercise.
↦ Stop smoking.
↦ Use an over-the-counter shoe insert or pad that targets your particular problem.

A bunion is a painful lump at the base of the big toe, which may cause the toe to bend unnaturally. It forms when the tissue or bone at the base joint gets displaced. This may happen after years of abnormal pressure and movement. Pointy-toed shoes are a common factor, which explains the prevalence of bunions among women.

GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS

↦ Avoid Higher Heels. Option for something less than two inches. They still put forth an elegant profile by elongating the leg
↦ Have your feet professionally measured at the end of the day while you are standing.
↦ Avoid wearing shoes that are too small.
↦ Make sure your shoes bend at the toe box but aren’t too flexible.
↦ Make sure your shoes have sufficient arch support

ToeJoez Toe Loop Sandals versus other Categories of Sandals

ToeJoez Toe Loop Sandals versus other Categories of Sandals

UNHEALTHY TRENDS

healthly-feet-9.1Newer additions to the shoe scene are minimalist shoes. They aim to mimic the natural feel and mechanics of walking barefoot. Many podiatrists are not impressed, though. There’s no real support for your heel or arch and no shock absorption. Running in these shoes is absolutely horrible for your feet! In addition, with some brands, the “fingers” separate the toes, interfering with the natural walking position of your foot.

HEALTHY TRENDS

sidebar-slide(13)ToeJoez Footwear, a San Diego, Califonria based company, makes a special type ofToe Loop Sandal, a new twist on an old favorite that was around during the Roman Empire two thousand years ago. The patented design for all of ToeJoez footwear, created by owner, Steve Arnold, provides built in arch support similar to orthotic inserts and a comfortable look and feel perfect for your busy, causal lifestyle.

Toe Loop Sandals are the Flip Flop that doesn’t flip or flop. Although ToeJoes Footwear styles may not be quite right for the Governor’s Ball yet, they do provide adequate arch support and shock absorption, are super comfortable from the first time you wear them and don’t pinch or bind your toes or any part of your foot when you wear them. And, if that all weren’t enough, every sandal in the company is value priced at under $30 per pair! ↦  Check out styles for men, women and children

Unlike leather sandals, ToeJoez Footwear toe loop design is not vulnerable to sun, insect or water damage and is super easy to clean! Made from durable, synthetic materials, these toe loop sandals help define and complete your minimalist and casual look on hot summer days. For men and women alike, the toe loop sandal provides clean, simple, worry free and exceptionally comfortable warm weather footwear. Unlike flip flops, they make almost no sound when you move, don’t scatter dirt and sand around when you walk and don’t cause discomfort to your feet.

And, unlike gladiator sandals, there are no straps to fuss with or wear out. In Roman times gladiators would secure these straps up to almost their knees so the sandals would stay securely on their feet during battle.

There are many types of sandals available today including:

Gladiator

This sandal often has many ties that are strapped to the leg and hold the foot to the upper sole with a thick band that goes around the ankle. Gladiators wore this type of sandal when fighting. Today the style is perfect for dancing and moving about a nightclub. Don’t really need the sword or shield anymore.

Sport Sandals

Any sandal specifically designed for hiking or other activities. Most of the more “comfortable” sandals fit in this category. You will frequently see them being worn by men and students in the summer. These more casual sandals are not feasible for the office or dance floor.

Flip-Flop

So named for the sound they make when you walk, the flip-flop or zori sandal is loosely secured to the foot by means of a strap in between the toes. The flip-flop originated from the Japanese zori, which was formally worn with white socks. Flip-flops aren’t really a very durable or practical piece of footwear and are best reserved for the beach or around the house.

City Sandal

This popular term means a sandal that you would not take hiking. Effectively the opposite of a sport sandal. They are made for getting around town and some styles are quite dressy. Great sandals to wear to work.

Evening Sandals

An evening sandal is meant to look hot. Choose an evening sandal with a thicker heel if you plan to spend some time dancing. A thinner, more sophisticated heel is perfect for dinner and casual conversation with friends.

Special Occasion Sandals

This term usually applies to bridal sandals, but can refer to a dressier evening sandal as well. Perfect for dressier occasions and, of course, a wedding.

Espadrille

A flat sandal with a flexible sole and fabric upper. Good for a more casual office or an outing with friends.

Huarache

A sling-backed sandal with a small heel and an upper consisting of woven leather strips. A more casual sandal.

Clog

A heavy sandal with a thick sole. The popular clogs on the market today incorporate a cork heel. Depending on the dressiness of the upper, these sandals can be work, dinner, or even dance appropriate.

T-Strap

A T-Strap comes up between the toes and hooks onto an ankle strap to hold the foot firmly in place with minimal coverage of the foot. Perfect for days at the beach or those first few days of summer when you want to get some sun on your feet. A casual sandal meant for evenings and weekends out, not generally something you’d wear to work at an office.

Toe Loop

The toe loop or toe ring sandal will keep the little toe firmly in place. Also a very popular style this season! Similar to the T-Strap, the casual nature of this sandal usually mean it is best confined to areas outside of the corporate cubicle. ↦ Check out ToeJoez Footwear super comfortable styles!

Wedges

A wedge sandal sports a wedge heel, a heel that incorporates a thick sole capped off with a small heel. This is more of a style for a dress sandal, and one that is quite fashionable due to the pleasing shape of the wedge. As per the clog, the wedge’s suitability for a particular spot all depends on the dressiness of its upper. Wedges are frequently made into dressier sandals. There isn’t that much that is casual about them!