One of the most overlooked areas of the body in terms of healthcare might just be the feet, and they take quite a pounding on a daily basis. Combined, both feet consist of more than 50 bones, approximately ¼ of the bone count in the body, more than 60 joints, and around 200 muscles, tendons, and ligaments (Metcalf, 2009). Not only can the sheer impact of force affect foot health, but also think of all the activities and ill-fitting shoes that can make those tootsies cry. On top of all of the daily pounding, chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease can affect foot health, requiring regular checkups and self-care. Here are some general tips to help keep feet healthy and happy (Chesak, 2018).
- Avoid tight fitting shoes.
- Avoid sharing shoes and foot care utensils.
- Let discolored nails breathe; do not cover them with nail polish.
- Seek the help of a podiatrist for removing ingrown toenails.
- Try a self-foot massage or rolling a tennis ball under the feet.
Summertime presents its own wealth of possibilities that may have an impact on feet. Here are some summer-specific considerations (American Podiatric Medical Association, n.d.).