Before you go grabbing the flip-flops this summer, it is time to start making your foot health a priority. But how?
Let's take a look at ways you can improve the health of your feet.
Take care of your feet
When you think about your health, there might be a number of things that come to mind – such as maintaining a healthy weight, eating the right foods and exercising. However, you probably don't think about your feet. But you should!
Your feet are under an immense amount of pressure on a daily basis, so taking care of them is important. There are steps you can take to do just that:
Get to and maintain a normal weight
Maintaining a healthy weight is important for a number of reasons, like reducing your risk of health conditions and adding years to your life. But maintaining a healthy weight also plays an important role in foot health.
When you are overweight or obese, you are putting much more pressure on your ankles and feet, which can increase the risk of injury. By getting to a normal weight, you are placing less pressure on your joints and your feet.
Choose the right shoes
While those flip-flops might be the trend of the summer, they are certainly never trending when it comes to the health of your feet. Flip-flops not only lack support, but it's also much easier to strain or sprain an ankle or foot while wearing them.
So instead choose shoes that provide ample support and protection for the entire foot. You don't need to leave sandals behind entirely – there are brands of sandals that offer good support. Just talk with someone at a shoe store about what's recommended.
Get in a good stretch
Just like you stretch before and after a workout, you also want to make sure you are stretching your feet properly to help prevent foot pain.
Stretching your Achilles tendon is probably the most important. The Achilles tendon, which connects the heel with the calf muscles, can easily tighten up and is also injury-prone. So take steps to stretch out regularly.
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