Your feet is a foundation for any kinds of activities that you need to move or walk. Therefore, a good care of your feet is essential for a comfortable feeling. Otherwise, you might suffer from several pains or difficulty in walking.
According to a research conducted by The College of Podiatry, nine out of ten people in the study claimed to suffer from pain in their feet at once. There are many kinds of problems that can occur in your feet if you do not have a proper care for it. Feet problem can lead to painful feeling, inflammation, bad smell or infection.
People at a different stage in their life need a different kind of protection for their feet. For those who are babies, they are not able to self-care of their feet. Parents usually worry about their baby eating, sleeping, habits but sometimes forget about the baby feet.
When a person is getting older, they are not so active anymore. It also means that the function of their feet is getting affected. It is reported that one out of three older people is not able to cut their nails in the United Kingdom. Foot problem also affects other parts of the body such as hips, neck, and knee without a proper care.
A good care of newborn feet is such a great thing that many parents should always keep in mind. It is a good start and foundation for the baby to start to develop their bones and feet function. To have a good care for your newborn, here are some tips and advice.
Always be careful: Obviously, the newborn is very sensitive in any kinds of touching. However, he or she is not able to know and care for his or her own feet. Parents are the ones who should always look after them and notice if there is something not right happens as soon as possible. Therefore, early treatment is always recommended. If the problem has been there for too long, maybe the feet is in need of a more complicated treatment which can hurt your baby.
Have your baby’s feet covered: Parents are suggested to use some kind of light socks to cover their baby’s feet. The materials made up the socks should be breathable and comfortable. As you know how sensitive it is for baby skin, you are not recommended to use any kind of wet or thick socks, which may be uncomfortable for the baby. By covering their feet, you can also avoid the baby to hurt himself or herself by nail scratching.
Use barefoot first: When your baby starts his or her one of the very first steps, you should not let him or her go with shoes. Let your baby be shoeless or walk only with socks is a better option. The baby can strengthen their muscle better without shoes than with a pair of shoes. Without shoes, your baby is also able to be more balanced at the start of learning how to walk.
Cut toenails regularly: Not only newborn that toenails should be cut regularly but also everyone should have the same habit. Especially for a newborn, you should cut their toenails straight across to prevent ingrown toenails. Ingrown toenails can lead to very painful feeling for your baby’s feet. By cutting their nails often, you can also avoid baby hurting himself or herself by long and sharp nails.
Baby’s feet should be clean and dry: It is crucially essential to keep good hygiene over your baby’s feet. Dirty and sweaty feet is a potential environment for fungus and bacteria to enter and develop in baby’s feet. Therefore, parents are suggested to clean their baby’s feet carefully. After that, they should make sure that the feet are dry before wearing any kind of cover or socks. It is also important to keep the area between your baby’s toes clean to prevent athlete’s foot.
Wearing right fitting shoes: It is never that important to have a good pair of shoes. Wrong fitting shoes can lead to much serious foot problem including blister, bunions, corn, and calluses, etc. The shoes should not be too tight or too loose. The best shoes for wearing all day is what you should look for.
With a usual caring routine, older people can maintain good status for their feet. Here is a suggestive routine for older people to follow in order to have good look after their feet.
Cutting toenails frequently: Adults and older people are recommended to cut their toenails every one or two weeks. A proper length of the toenail is a need for a comfortable feeling. It also makes it easier for any movement that they need to walk or run. Otherwise, long toenails might hurt their feet when they try to fit their feet into a pair of shoes.
Moisturizing feet skin: When people are getting older, their skin and feet skin respectively tend to be drier than before. As a result, older people should have a habit of smoothening and moisturizing their feet skin. It will help not only blood circulation but also remove rough and dead skin over your feet.
Keep the feet not only clean and dry but also warm: Older people are reported to usually have weaker bones as well as cold feeling on their feet. Consequently, during night time when the temperature drops, older people should make sure that their feet are warm to maintain healthy feet. Using socks when sleeping is one out of many suggestions.
Keep a good look after you feet: People do not usually pay that much attention to any symptoms happening in their feet. However, older people are easy to be vulnerable. Therefore, there should always be a look for any signs or infections. Accordingly, older people will be able to receive treatment at the early time rather than complicated treatment when the problem is getting worse.