Posts for tag: Proper Footwear
Practice Routine Foot Care
- Wash your feet daily with warm water. Whenever you get your feet wet, make sure to dry them thoroughly, especially between the toes.
- Keep skin soft and smooth with foot cream (ask your podiatrist at Reston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers for suggestions) applied to the tops and bottoms of your feet. Do not put lotion between the toes to avoid causing an infection.
- Scrub your feet, especially the heels, with a foot scrubber or pumice stone on a regular basis to remove the dead cells.
- Trim toenails once a week, cutting the nails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails.
- In the sun, apply sunscreen to protect your exposed feet.
- To keep you feet dry and odor free, make use of products like foot powders and sprays.
Wear Appropriate Footwear
Fitness and Your Feet
Check Your Shoes
Other Guidelines for Foot Care
- Wash your feet every day and make sure they are dried thoroughly.
- Good quality, well-fitting socks is also important for foot care.
- The more weight that is put on your feet, the more strain there is.
- Being in shape and being at a healthy weight will help take some of the stress off of your feet.
- Avoid walking barefoot.
- Do not ignore any foot pain.
Proper Footwear for Men and Women
Men and Their Shoes
- Have your feet measured while you’re standing
- Always try on both shoes, and walk around the store
- Always buy for the larger foot; feet are seldom exactly the same size
- Don’t buy shoes that need a “break-in” period. Shoes should be comfortable immediately
- Shop for shoes later in the day
- Select a shoe with leather upper, stiff heel counter, appropriate cushioning, and flexibility at the ball of the foot.
- Don’t rely on the size of your last pair of shoes because your feet do tend to get larger
Women: Watch for Comfort, Not Fashion
Selecting the Best Walking Shoes
When it comes to your health and your feet, walking helps both. At Reston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers, we want to make sure you are wearing the right shoes to better protect yourself from injury. To protect your feet from complications, it is important to choose the right shoe for your feet.
As a walker, you should look for a good quality, lightweight walking shoe with breathable upper materials, such as leather or nylon mesh. The heel counter should be very firm, as it should have reduced cushioning to position the heel closer to the ground for walking stability. Additionally, the front area of the shoe should have adequate support and flexibility.
Your podiatrists at Reston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers also urge you to make sure the shoe fits your feet accordingly. The shoe should be snug, but not too tight over the sock. It should also have plenty of room for the toes to move around. What athletic shoes you choose are important as well because you don’t want your shoe to become too tight when wearing socks.
More shoe tips offered by your Reston, Manassas & Leesburg podiatrists include:
- Check the shoe width to make sure it is comfortable and accommodates the width of the ball of your foot.
- Make sure the shoe provides good arch support.
- See that the top of the heel counter of the shoe is properly cushioned and does not bite into the heel or touch the anklebones.
Proper footwear is essential in protecting your feet from injury and pain, as well as allowing you to properly walk for exercise. Initially, it is important to meet with your podiatrist in Reston prior to beginning any exercise or walking routine. With the consultation of your podiatrists in Reston, Manassas & Leesburg, a proper walking regimen can be created to ensure appropriate exercise.