You may have all heard the saying ‘Happy feet, happy life”...wait, not too sure that’s how it goes.
Either way, the philosophy behind it makes sense! When your feet are not functioning properly, your whole world feels like it could crumble at any moment. Think about it for a moment- when you have a blister on your foot caused by ill-fitting shoes, it can be seriously debilitating.
We often take the time to get our hair done, get a back massage, get a manicure or even moisturise our legs a bit longer after the shower. But what we need to realise- is our feet deserve to be treated too!
Here are our top tips to finally giving your feet the royal treatment they deserve.
Wash, don’t soak
We all know to wash our feet every day, but many people make the mistake of accidentally soaking them instead. When you soak your feet for too long, your skin’s natural oils can be eroded. The best way to wash your feet is to rub them lightly with a washer that has been wet with some warm water and a gentle soap!
If you do really want to soak your feet, then forget the Epsom salts—they're too drying and don't offer any medical benefit!
Dry your feet well
We’ve all heard about horrible cases of athlete's foot, or perhaps even developed it ourselves! Unfortunately, it can be way too simple to contract by simply not drying your feet well. As soon as you get out of a shower, rub your feet diligently (especially between toes) with a clean, dry towel.
Moisturise and file
We all moisturise our hands and legs, but we often forget the most crucial body part to moisturise- your feet! If your skin feels dry, apply a gentle moisturising cream all over the foot and lather in circular moments.
Next, just remove hard skin and calluses with a pumice stone or foot file. Remember: do not overdo it or it could damage your squeaky clean skin underneath.
Alternate the shoes you wear each day
Oops- this may even mean having two pairs of your favourite everyday style (hint, hint we know a great place to buy them…), but shoes need time to avoid triggering infections (and foot odor). If you alternate your shoes, then you should also alternate what’s underneath them....no, not your actual feet! Your stockings and socks should look to be changed at least twice a day.
Foot pain? See a podiatrist
Pain is not normal. We need to get out of that mindset. If your feet are aching or regularly sore, don’t just shrug it off and keep wearing the same shoes. Your discomfort may be the result of an underlying foot problem that requires proper podiatry friendly shoes. See a podiatrist pronto or come into one of 4 stores to find shoes that work for you.
Take the time out to do foot exercises
Keeping your feet strong and flexible can help reduce foot and ankle pain, reduce muscle soreness, improve your overall foot health, and keep you active. Exercises that improve range of motion and help limber up your feet may reduce your chance of getting hurt.
To get you started, the toe raise, point and curl is a great first exercise- and leaves your feet feeling awesome!
This three-part exercise will start to get your toes and feet moving.
- Sit in a straight-backed chair with your feet flat on the floor.
- Keep your toes flat on the ground and raise your heels until only the balls of your feet and toes touch the ground. Hold for five seconds.
- Point your toes so that only the ends of your big and second toes touch the ground. Hold for five seconds.
- Keep your heel off the ground and roll your toes under so that that tops of your toes touch the ground. Hold for five seconds.
- Repeat each position 10 times.
Buy good quality shoes that fit and do the job.
Our final tip is perhaps the most important. You can do all the above, but at the end of the day if you put on a shoe that doesn’t fit properly, you’re back at square one.
At Easy Living Footwear our shoes are comfortable and realistic. They are shoes for real women with real feet and REAL feet issues. Shop our extensive range of supportive, podiatry and orthotic friendly shoes today. Hint: Frankie4 and Klouds are two amazing brands for exactly that!