Self-Improvement Month

September is national self-improvement month and let’s face it, we all have things that we could be doing better. One of those things is taking care of our feet and a great way to do that is to spend a little time each day to concentrate only on them. Here are a few simply daily tricks that can keep your feet feeling refreshed:

Wash your feet! Most people do a poor job of washing their feet. Standing in the shower with the soapy water pooling around them seems like a good enough wash, right? Wrong. You really need to reach down and scrub your feet. Use a soft washcloth and a mild soap. Get in between and underneath your toes. Use a little bit of elbow grease to get any dead or calloused skin off. Once you get out of the shower, dry them off completely (including between the toes!) and apply a light moisturizer. Daily washing habits like this can help prevent the build up of rough skin, eliminate harmful bacteria and fungus from your skin, and leave your feet soft and pretty.

Change up your shoes. Do you tend to wear the same pair of shoes every day? Try mixing it up and alternating between two or even three pairs of shoes. First of all, this will help reduce the chance of harmful bacteria and fungus growing in your shoes. As your feet sweat during the day, your shoes absorb the moisture and that damp, warm environment can be a host to any number of ugly foot problems. Switching between shoes each day gives them time to dry out. This is especially important for any shoes that you might wear without socks. The second thing this does for you is it eliminates the constant pressures of your shoe. Perhaps one pair of shoes rubs on your big toe. Perhaps another pair of shoes doesn’t give you enough arch support. While it’s important to find shoes that don’t bother your feet, sometimes even the best fitting pair of shoes can lead to small changes in the health of your foot. By switching between pairs, you are eliminating constant pressures that can lead to permanent foot problems. If you wear high heels a lot, try switching to flats a couple of days each week. If your feet are constantly enclosed in tight athletic shoes, try wearing something less constricting like an open toed sandal once or twice. Not only is it good fro your feet, but hey, it’s a great excuse to go buy more shoes.

Take a walk. Your feet contain 26 bones, 33 joints, and over 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Since lifting weights with our feet to keep them healthy seems weird and ineffective, taking a walk is a perfect way to keep all the parts of our feet strong. Make sure that you are wearing the proper shoes for walking. A bad pair of shoes without the proper support will cause more problems than benefits. Wear comfortable and breathable socks with an arch-supporting shoe. It is also a good idea to pick a soft surface to walk on. Grass, dirt, or soft walking tracks are the best surfaces for low impact exercise. Keep your feet healthy with a little bit of exercise.

Self-improvement is an important thing to strive for, but don’t forget to improve your feet along with the rest of you. Taking simple steps every day is the key to better foot health.

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