Do you suffer from Athlete’s Foot, toenail fungus, or other types of foot ailments? If so, maybe you need to start taking better care of your feet. Here are five simple steps to take better care for your feet. These steps alone will not cure foot ailments, but these steps can certainly improve the conditions that your feet have to suffer through on a daily basis:
Wear clean socks every day. It’s easy to grab the same pair of socks that you wore yesterday and slip them on your feet. Such an action surely helps you reduce your laundry load. You may even do this because you run short on a particular color or fabric of socks. Do yourself a favor and invest in plenty of socks to help reduce foot bacteria.
This way, your feet won’t have to soak in old sweat from the day before. Even if the socks dry out, the bacteria don’t. Too, make sure that you turn your socks inside out when you wash them. This helps remove the old skin that lodges on the inside of your socks. It also helps your washer reach the dirtier part of your socks without working so hard.
Wear your proper shoe size. Your feet endure enough cramping without you forcing them to suffer shoes that are too small. Give your feet some wiggle room so that they can actually breathe. Shoes that smash your feet can forge tiny crevices in them over time, which helps bacteria breed in your feet.
Don’t share shoes. Sharing shoes can get your feet into all sorts of trouble because such foot conditions as Athlete’s Foot and other fungi can be passed along through shoes. Don’t expose your feet to fungi that you’ll have a hard time getting rid of. It’ll likely prove to be less expensive in the long run to just buy your own pair of shoes, rather than borrow someone else’s.
Air out your shoes. Foot bacteria cause foot odor and wearing the same pair of shoes every single day just promotes such foot bacteria. Help eliminate such bacteria (and foot odor, in turn) by allowing your shoes to air out a day or so between wearings. Yes, alternate the shoes that you wear, and you may even want to take out the insoles and wash them, if possible.
Stay out of mud puddles. Water can play a big part in the breeding of foot bacteria, especially dirty water. Do your feet a favor and try to avoid wading through water puddles, even if the water looks clean. Keep your shoes as dry as possible and remove your shoes to dry them if you do get them wet. Wearing wet shoes is just asking for foot bacteria.