There are many benefits achieved from proper maintenance of feet. Clipping, cleaning and cutting of nails prevents them from growing inwards and causing an infection. The elimination of bacteria and dirt helps to prevent nail disorders and diseases and therefore eliminates odor in our feet. Proper foot care helps to counter the impact of footwear, sport, illness, disease and the environment on our feet.
Feet are an essential of almost every activity performed. Whether walking, exercising, running or just standing, having comfortable feet that are well cared for makes the experience more pleasant. Feet problems are caused by wear and tear, diseases, poorly trimmed toe nails, bad circulation, wearing the wrong size of shoes and poor circulation. They can be a sign of chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, arthritis and circulatory and nerve disorders.
Exfoliation or removal of dead cells on the skin helps to prevent the accumulation of these cells which may cause bunions or corns. This condition is very painful. Sloughing off of dead cells encourages the growth of new cells on the skin creating a smooth and more appealing feet. A foot bath helps to provide relaxation and eliminates any form of pain. A few simple exercises and stretches also boost circulation.
Circulation problems are very common in old people. The may be caused by severe stress, cold weather, smoking tobacco or drinking too much coffee or caffeinated soda. These factors cause the blood vessels to constrict and restrict the flow of blood. This causes a person to experience numbness, tingling, cramping and discoloration of toenails and the skin
A pedicure provides nail care, cleans feet and provides foot massage. The oils used keep the skin moisturized while the massage promotes circulation of blood in the feet and calves. It is very relaxing and therapeutic for those with any problems. It reduces pain experienced in the feet and improves the performance and health of the muscles. When looking for a good pedicure one should ensure the instruments are new or sterilized to prevent the spread of diseases and fungi.
There are circumstances in which the care you give to your feet may be inadequate. Cases of serious injuries require the attention of a podiatrist. Podiatrists work alongside medical doctors. These professionals specialize in the assessment and diagnosis of foot-related problems. The common indicators of feet problems include color changes, deformation and formation of hard skin. When this occurs then a check up by a podiatrist is recommended.
This practice is particularly important in individuals with an ongoing medical condition such as diabetes. Foot amputations and ulcers cause disability, morbidity as well as physical and emotional costs for diabetes patients. Early detection and management of the independent risk factors for amputations and ulcers delays or prevents the onset of extreme outcomes.
The best way to avoid these problems is to exercise regular foot care. It is important to wash them on a daily basis. Proper rinsing and drying, especially between the toes, is mandatory. The nails should be trimmed across to a suitable length, not too short. It is important to wear clean stockings and socks and avoid tight ones. The other important thing is to ensure that when we are shopping for shoes, we select comfortable, supportive and proper fitting shoes.
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