Why Foot Health Is Important

 

Keeping your body strong and healthy shouldn’t only imply feeding it the proper foods but also enjoying an active lifestyle, with enough physical exercise. On average, a person will walk approximately 100,000 miles in a lifetime, meaning you will require strong bones and muscles for it.

Unfortunately, a sedentary life seems to be the norm in the 21st century, with over 40% of the total population being overweight and obese. And how could we preoccupy over our bodies if we spend most of our days indoors, hooked in front of our screens and computers? If you want to break the circle and become more active, you need to know about the importance of foot health.

 

A marvel of engineering

Your feet contain about one-fourth of all your body bones, which means over 50. They also count for 200 muscles and more than 60 joints that support your body weight and help you move freely.

Thus, it comes as no surprise that you can develop numerous health problems that will affect this part of your body. Their most important job is to help you walk and move your body freely while also supporting your entire body weight. They have to be flexible and resist all daily pressures, from walking to bending, stretching or running.

 

Most common problems

Unfortunately, poor life choices combined with the lack of physical activity can lead to various feet complications that might jeopardize your health.

Swollen feet represent a problem that affects millions of people on a regular basis. This can be caused by a diet rich in salts and carbs, standing on your feet for too many hours or intense effort. Although swollen feet will heal by themselves after a few hours, having this problem constantly can hide more complicated affections.

People with diabetes are also prone to develop foot health problems because of reduced blood flow.

Athlete’s foot, sprained ankles, and foot mycosis also count for common health problems that can be healed with proper treatment.

 

How to look after your feet

Taking care of your feet is mandatory if you want to remain active, prevent a sedentary lifestyle and more complicated medical problems that might further require surgery.

You should start with inspecting your feet on a regular basis. Look for calluses, blisters, cuts or red feet, as well as for bumps or lumps. If you have diabetes, you should look even more carefully to prevent infections.

Secondly, you have to wash your feet thoroughly and daily, even though you don’t work or go outside. Use soap and don’t forget to clean the area between your toes too as it is a common place for bacteria.

Use clean socks or stockings on a daily basis and consider analyzing some models of bath accessories and massaging machines that will help you relax and work wonders on your swollen feet.

How high heels affect your body

 

 

The majority of women like to wear high heels, since they represent an important part of their image and appearance. More than that, they are elegant, beautiful and usually express a woman’s desires and preferences concerning fashion.

However, not all women can bear wearing high heels all day long, since it may be very painful. But they are unavoidable if there are special occasions, such as birthdays, wedding days or conferences. Therefore, since your feet are the most important parts of your body that determine its movement and posture, you have to be aware of the effect that your heels may have on you.

Foot diseases

While wearing high heels, your feet do not move as they are “programmed” to move. Wearing high-heeled shoes on a daily basis may increase the risk of developing foot diseases, such as hammertoe deformities or ingrown toenails. They are very painful and have to be treated.

 

Knee and hip diseases

You may end up suffering from knee arthritis if you often choose to wear heels in the morning. This is because the posture of your knees is not straight. Have you ever noticed that you have to move your knees a little forward in order to keep your balance while on heels? Well, this is when they get tired and develop a higher risk of arthritis.

For the same reason, you may suffer from pain on the outside part of your hips.

 

Back pain

Have you ever gotten back home after a whole day on stilettos and felt that your lower back hurts as it has never hurt before? This is because of your fashionable heels. You feel that hard pain in your lower back because their wearing leads to an unequal distribution of weight. It will do no harm to you if you feel it once a month, for example. But, in time, this pain may grow into a more serious condition.

 

Even if it is very dangerous to wear high heels on a daily basis, because it does no good to our posture – it just adds extra stress on our back and legs – women still wear their favorite stilettos. It is unavoidable and no one can stop them from doing this.

However, if you are a woman and if you are concerned about your health and about your future, just make sure to choose the most comfortable high heels while analyzing some models in a shop. Do not ever choose high heels that make your legs hurt just after some steps. Do not save money on them, since they are responsible for the health of your spine.

We would recommend you not to go for very high heels — choose shoes that have lower heels, you will still look beautiful and your legs will not hurt. Doctors also recommend wearing stilettos for no more than three hours. So, you are safe within this time span. After that, let your body rest.