Toe nail fungus is not the only cause of declining comfort and confidence with our feet. Toe nail fungus is treatable with good foot hygiene and laser treatment–safe, non-invasive, and bacteria-killing. A myriad of problems that we encounter as our feet age, weather changes, and our favorite shoes turn against us are also easily dealt with by knowing the cause of our discomfort. We’re on our feet all day, and it is important to remember that beauty goes hand in hand with comfort.
Corns, Calluses, and Bunions
The most bony parts of your feet rub against your shoes, causing corns and calluses that are uncomfortable and frustrate us throughout the day. Bunions are the result of swollen joints and require rest, shoes with looser toes, and staying away from pointed-toed heels. A discussion with your doctor is a good idea if you are in long-lasting pain.
Ingrown toenails, like ingrown hairs, occur when the toenail (like the hair) begins growing back into the skin. Cut your toenails straight and keep them and your cuticles clean to get away from ingrown toenails which can cause pain and infection.
Like other sensitive skin on your body, use a gentle cleanser or soap to keep your feet clean. Your feet do a lot of work for you throughout the day, so make sure they get the TLC they deserve. Use a hydrating lotion of your feet, heels, and legs to improve comfort and promote clean, healthy, and comfortable feet.
Bad circulation is genetic, but can be improved. Avoid crossing your legs (this also helps prevent the appearance of spider veins) to improve flow, and rest your feet by propping them up when possible. Blood rushes to your feet and can cause discomfort, tingling, and/or loss of sensation in the feet. This is also a cause of…
Swollen feet can be a result of bad blood circulation. Follow the same tips as above, and make sure to give your feet time to breathe and relax. Wear breathable materials on your feet (cotton socks) to keep air coming in and out throughout the day and relieve pressure.
Universal Tips to Live By
As we age, the fatty pads of our feet lose their cushioning, just as our collagen production goes down, showing “thinning skin” on our most sensitive areas: face, hands, neck, and chest. Improve your comfort by wearing shoes that are comfortable and support your arches. Our arches also sink as we age, and this is normal. We don’t have to wear orthotics to continue functioning the way we used to, but listen to your feet! The comfort of our feet directly affects the rest of our comfort, influences our posture, and comfort is the key to a clear mind. Be good to your hard working feet by giving them time to relax and keeping your feet, toes, and heels clean.