When the ancients came with their famous “Mens sana in corpore sano”, they knew what they were saying and, the fact that the principle is still alive today is only proof that we didn’t forget it either. Well, most of us didn’t. But, if the wisdom of a bunch of people who lived more than 2000 years ago is not persuasive enough, there are plenty of reasons to remember that, taking care of your body should be one of your daily activities.
And, because a good organization is the key to making a good job, let us start from the bottom to the top, with your feet, which, because of their peripheral placement are often left out and neglected.
- Wash your feet carefully, not only when you shower, but whenever you feel the need. Exposed to perspiration, bacteria and nasty odors, your feet can develop a series of unpleasant infections that can be kept at safe distance only by proper hygiene.
- Wear quality shoes to prevent bad smell and pain. Quality is reflected by two main characteristics in shoes: their shape (you must always try and wear comfortable shoes that offer stability and good arch support) and the material (leather, textile or synthetics). There isn’t a formula that can help you choose the right material for your shoes. Instead, you need to focus on the purpose of the shoe you are choosing. Plus, improperly fitting shoes can give birth or worsen calluses, corns and blisters.
- Don’t always wear the same shoe type. This principle can usually be applied to women having a preference for high heels or for those choosing the opposite option: low shoes, such as flip-flops. If you cannot give up your high heels, at least make sure you are wearing wide heels that provide foot stability, making walking easy and pain free, even on long distances. If not for your comfort, keep in mind that high heeled shoes with narrow toes can give birth to bunions on your feet, which may require surgery in extreme cases.
- Relax your feet in a warm bath after a long trip. Just showering is not enough. Mix lukewarm water (adequate temperature for you), soap and Epsom salt (if your feet have a tendency to dry, you should skip those) and keep your feet in that solution until the water gets cold. Then peel dead skin off with a foot file, scrub your feet with a homemade scrub or one bought from a shop and apply foot lotion to moisturize them. You will feel the relaxing effects immediately and your feet will be grateful.
- Engage in physical activities such as sports, trips and long walks without forcing your legs too much. This will improve blood flow and keep your feet in good physical shape. If you are an active person, acquire special sports shoes to keep your feet comfortable and to minimize the risks of accident, There is nothing more damaging to feet than inadequate physical activity.
- Certain medical conditions can affect your legs in a serious manner, particularly diabetes. Diabetes affects peripheral blood flow, an affection called peripheral vascular disease so, if you are suffering from it, having your legs checked up by a doctor is of utter importance, because you are more predisposed to infections that will also heal slower than in normal cases.