Caring for your feet

It often amazes me that people can become almost fanatical about their appearance, every hair in place, clothing perfect, perfumed and preened to perfection. Except for one thing, they never really seem to give the same care and consideration to their feet and shoes!

So many people walk around in shoes that are down at the heel, lost their shape, even in need of a good polishing. The thing that we don’t realise is that if we are delaying repairing or fixing our shoes in order to save money or time, then we are not doing ourselves any favours. Posture, spinal problems and back pain can all be affected by shoes.

Here are some simple things that you can do to improve your quality of life, inexpensively from the bottom up:

  • Regularly re-heel your shoes, especially if you wear out the heels on an angle.
  • If you do wear out your heels at an angle, consider using “leveler” inserts, sold inexpensively at shoe repair shops.
  • Buy cushion inserts and replace them when they wear out.
  • Use shoe trees when storing your shoes, to help them keep their shape.
  • Rotate regularly between different pairs of shoes.
  • Select footwear appropriate for the activity.

Consult with a podiatrist (foot doctor) or at least your own doctor, if you experience any problems with your feet.

Taking good care of your feet is one of the best investments you can make in your good health. This is one area in which a few dollars well spent can save you hundreds or even thousands in medical bills down the road.

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