Your feet are two of the most used and abused parts of your body, constantly being expected to run, exercise or just stand and hold your weight for quite a considerable part of every day. They are an essential part of almost everything you do, so it's in your best interests to pay some attention to their care.
We all know the basic hygiene principles of washing our feet, ensuring that we inspect and dry carefully between our toes. Infections can be difficult to treat, so prevention is better than cure. Tea tree oil is an excellent antiseptic to have in our bathroom, and is easy to apply to our feet with a cotton bud, if we suspect that an infection may be there. Exfoliation of the old dead skin on our feet should be part of our regular foot care practice, and we need to use a pumice stone or a foot file. We should also cut our toenails carefully straight across, and file the ends in a rounded shape, if we so prefer this shape. This hopefully will prevent ingrown toenails, and the discomfort that can cause.
This all sounds well and good, but what if we can't reach our toes, and it's some time since we sighted them? Then we need to regularly visit a podiatrist who can attend to our needs, and provide the care our good faithful feet need, to be in good shape! This is especially true, as we age, and our circulation is not so good. It is an essential part of care for all diabetic patients, for whom a blister or a small stone bruise can herald big trouble and lead to a hospital admission. It's not only the elderly who have circulation problems. Everyday circumstances can restrict blood flow- cold weather or being in cold water, when socks or stockings or even undergarments are too tight. Sitting for long periods with our knees crossed can also cause our circulation to be constricted, and smoking is one of the principal reasons why our circulation may be impeded. Both nicotine and caffeine constrict blood vessels, lessening the ability of our small blood vessels to carry blood.
So please take care of your feet, and they'll serve you well.
Clergy Healthcare Coordinator