Ever pause to think about the essentials we take for granted? Running water, cell phones, cars. The list could go on and on! But how about something even more basic…something like our feet. Talking about the maintenance of these everyday objects isn’t the sexiest conversation, maybe, but it is important. The foot is the foundation on which every other part of the body lies.
Typically, it is only when our feet are in pain that we start thinking about how important they are. It’s like the old saying goes: you don’t know what you have till it’s gone (or hurting). This idea makes sense, but it is helpful to be even more forward thinking. Prevention and awareness are just as important as recovery–it is almost always harder to recover than it is to prevent.
That’s why it’s good to pause for thought and consider your lowly feet. They deserve some love too. Prevent foot injuries by:
- Bending over and checking in. Take a peek at your feet and make sure you know how they look when they are healthy. That way you’ll know when something is off.
- Looking for dryness, tenderness, or irritated nail beds. Address concerns as needed.
- Letting your feet tell you how they feel. Are they sore? Self-massage, foot soaks, and arch supports can help ease foot pain.
- Sneaking a peek at your sneakers. If the soles are worn and the tongues are threadbare, it might be time for a new pair.