Saturday, December 23, 2017

Foot Care and Shoes

Shoes. Everyone has them. Only a few, however, realize their importance. Once considered a luxury, they're now known to be a necessity. Not only do shoes provide their wearers with personality, style, comfort, and functionality, they also protect people's precious feet. Without that protection, our tootsies would be a painful mess. After all, how many people over the age of 20 can comfortably go barefoot all the time without foot problems later on?

  Aldo has a massive selection of shoes for men and women, so you can take care of your feet and look amazing while doing it. We agree that Aldo is one of the best places to shop for your footwear needs.

  But before footwear can look good and function well, our feet must be in good shape. The average person walks around 110,000 miles in a lifetime, so foot care is crucial. To achieve this type of health requires a number of practices.

  First, something as simple as a pedicure not only improve the foot's appearance, it can improve the foot's hygiene by preventing ingrown toenails, exfoliating dead skin, and slowing or even preventing the formation of calluses and wounds. Be sure to use an emery board after cutting toenail to avoid rough edges that might cut you or your footwear. You can learn to do a pedicure at home, with little expense, or you can seek a professional's help. Either way, the time and money spent on foot hygiene is never wasted.

  Next, keep your feet clean and dry. This might sound obvious, but it's often overlooked nonetheless. Wear socks that wick sweat and other dampness from the foot when exercising or even when at home or in the office. Going sockless with shoes in any environment invites moisture to form, as well as odor. Change your socks and shoes regularly.

  Prevent athlete's foot and other fungal infections by (once again) keeping your feet clean and dry, wearing clean and roomy socks made of breathable material, and avoiding going barefoot in locker rooms or other public spaces. If you do develop such an infection, seek treatment immediately to prevent a worse case or the possibility of spreading the fungus to someone else.

If you notice foot pain or another problem that does not heal quickly, alert your doctor right away. Infected wounds, lack of circulation, persistent discomfort, coldness, numbness, or any other reduced sensation to pain in the foot could be a sign that something is seriously wrong.

  If you have a condition such as diabetes, foot care is even more important. Circulation is reduced in such conditions, so it is crucial to examine your feet daily for any changes or injuries. Check your feet for blisters, dry skin that leads to cracking, and any other problem that could lead to infection. You might also consider avoiding tight shoes and socks, as that also decreases circulation. An accommodation such as elastic shoe laces allow the foot to swell with less restriction, too, as most people's feet are naturally slightly enlarged at the end of the day.

  Finally, find a shoe with good support. Some believe this may help to prevent bunions, plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, and other foot injuries associated with pressure, impact, and wear and tear on feet.

    Doing these things regularly will keep your feet happy and healthy. It will keep your feet looking stylish, too, when you shop at Aldo for all your footwear and accessory needs.

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