Foot Health – Do you take care of your feet?
Our feet carry us through life. Did you know that the average person walks more than one hundred, twenty-five thousand miles a in a life time? And a 150 pound person walking one mile can exert force of 63.5 tons on a single foot? Interested in taking on Foot Health for your own feet?
Our feet give us the ability to be mobile and our toes provide balance. Our feet are a network made up of more than 100 tendons, muscles and ligaments and one foot contains 26 bones and 33 joints.
Give your feet a break. We were not meant to wear shoes, therefore as much as possible go barefoot. Let your feet feel the different sensations from hardwood to carpeting to grass.
Remove your shoes and socks and just let them breathe. Protect your feet while in locker rooms, pools and showers by wearing flip flops or sandals. Be sure to wear cotton socks that absorb sweat and keep your feet dry while wearing shoes and boots. Also take a peek once a month and really examine your toes and feet.
The most important thing you can do for your feet is to wash them every day and keep your toes trimmed to ward off infection and to allow your lymphatic system the ability to release toxins through the bottom of your feet.
Washing of the feet has been a sacred practice since biblical times. According to Wikipedia Foot washing was an ancient custom probably due to sandals. Servants would wash the feet of guests upon arrival into a home or palace. Biblical records indicate washing of saints’ feet being practiced by the primitive church perhaps in reference to piety submission and/or humility.
It is not normal for your feet to hurt. If they hurt, be sure to have them checked out by a Podiatrist, physician or Chiropractor. Give a your feet a once over every day to make sure they are in tip top shape and if you are exhibiting any of the following listed below be sure to have it checked out.
Do you have hair growing on your toes? It is a normal process however if it is no longer growing, it could be a sign of poor circulation, unless you spent years waxing it off.
From time to time, you can get swollen feet, especially if you live in a humid climate. However if your feet swell on a consistent basis it may be a sign of heart or kidney problems. If you have one foot swelling or it begins to swell suddenly it could be an indication of a blockage of a lymph node or deep-vein thrombosis.
Deep Vein Thrombosis or DVT is a serious condition. Symptoms usually involve a swollen leg with pain. If you have been travelling and suddenly have a swollen leg, and pain; have it checked immediately. According to Federal Aviation Administration, the major problem occurs when a part of the clot breaks off and flows to the lungs. This condition, called a Pulmonary Embolus (PE), can cause severe injury or death. DVTs are known to occur in about 1 out of 1000 people in the general population from all causes.[i]
Be sure to have that checked out right away, especially if you travel frequently or just returned from a long air flight.
Corns and recurrent blisters along with severe thirst, increased urination, weakness, fatigue, tingling and numbness of the extremities, seek medical attention immediately as this could be a sign of diabetes.
If you have Diabetes, it is important to inspect your feet daily. One in 20 people with diabetes will develop foot ulcers. It is common in diabetes to cause nerve damage and poor blood flow to the feet. Because sensations in the foot diminish with these types of complications, inspecting feet for discoloration and cuts should become a regular activity if you have been diagnosed with Diabetes.
If you suffer with foot cramps, it could be a magnesium deficiency, too much sugar, side effects from medication, or something more serious such as Hypothyroidism or thyroid disease.
Cracked heals are a sign of a long dry winter. If you are suffering with cracked heals, it may be a lack of essential fatty acids, Vitamin A and dehydration. If you try supplementing and increase water and there is no difference, it could be a sign of severe thyroid problems. If you are a chronic dieter, losing and gaining weight, this can affect your thyroid and cause nutrient deficiencies.
Be sure to pay attention to your toenails. If your toes are yellow after wearing nail polish, it could be fungus and the effects of formaldehyde in your nail polish. Switch to a formaldehyde free nail polish and give your toes a break.
Use tea tree oil to fight fungus, rub it right on your toenails and avoid nail polish, including clear for a couple of weeks to allow your toenails to breathe. Fungus can also be green; this is more of a bacterial infection. Tea tree oil will work on that as well, however be sure to have it checked out.
If your toenails are black or brown it may be the result of bruising from shoes that may be a bit small or not allowing enough room for your toes to wiggle. If you notice that the black is not getting better after purchasing better fitting shoes, it could be cancerous melanomas under the toenail. When in doubt always speak with doctor.
If your toenail changes to a whitish colour and seems to be separating from the toe, this could indicate psoriasis, Candida (fungus) infections, anemia or lung cancer. Unless you dropped something on your foot, which means it may be growing a new nail, seek medical attention.
Take care of your feet by cleaning them daily, apply an organic moisturizer or coconut oil and trim your toe nails often. The next time you are watching Television, grab some oil and give yourself a lovely foot massage. Your feet will thank you! Foot Health is something we all need to take serious for a healthy life.
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[i] FAA.gov Pilot Safety PDF Deep Vein Thrombosis and Travel //www.faa.gov/pilots/safety/pilotsafetybrochures/media/DVT_07182005.pdf