You can read lots of articles about healthy living, but not that many about looking after your feet! But if you think about it our feet keep us steady and stop us from falling over so it’s important to take good care of them. Here is my guide on how to take care of your feet.
Get the Right Fit
If you have problems with your feet you could try and buy some wider fit shoes. Wider shoes give you more space so your foot will stay in a better shape. How do you know if you need a wider fit? You can get your feet measured or look at your feet for cues. If you keep getting blisters and bunions, then something isn’t right with your footwear.
Go Shoe Shopping Later in the Day
According to this NHS article you should shoe shop in the afternoon as your feet swell during the day. If you want them to be a good fit, you need to take this into account. Otherwise the perfect pair of shoes you bought first thing in the morning might not end up being so comfortable. Before writing this article I never knew there was a best time of day for buying shoes. So, at the ripe old age of 40 I can finally get it right!
Avoid High Heels
I am more of a trainer wearing girl myself which is quite lucky as high heels aren’t great for your feet. So much so that podiatrists (doctors who focus on foot and ankle problems) call wearing them “shoe-icide”. The position isn’t natural for our feet, being so elevated. Reading this article in WebMD made me realise just how much stress they put your feet under. Some celebrities have awful feet because years of heel wearing has done serious damage!
Don’t Spend All of Summer in Flip Flops
I love it when I can dig out my flip flops for summer. But I didn’t even think about how little support them offer my feet. Either try and buy a brand with a thicker sole to support your arch or spend time wearing other shoes too. Also, what I have found when wearing flip flops is that I curl my toes awkwardly to hang on to my flip flop! This is another big no no apparently! So, if you want your feet to breathe buy sandals instead so at least your feet aren’t working so hard.
Alternate your Shoes
It’s considered good practise not to wear the same pair of shoes every day! I am completely guilty of this; I have my go to pair of trainers and wear them pretty much all the time. Until I swap to my flip flops for summer. Well, I didn’t know you should alternate with another set to help keep the shape of your shoe and provide a break for your shoe to dry out!
Fingers crossed this post has helped you as much as it’s educated me in writing it!