How good your health is depends on many factors. Not everyone is born healthy. Disease and accidents leave many people with health issues, and, of course, we all age.
Staying healthy is not easy and it takes a multi-pronged approach to stay fit. Often it is the little things that matter. For example, getting off the bus and walking for two stops, buying a black coffee instead of a cappuccino are all actions that add up and make a difference to overall health.
Surprisingly, looking after your feet is on the list of little things that make a huge difference to your long-term health. Visiting your local foot clinicon a regular basis can all make a huge difference to your health. If you want to know more, please read on to find out why.
Better feet keep you moving for longer
There is no doubt that if you have bad feet you are not going to want to get up and go for a walk or a run. Taking an exercise class or going to the gym is going to be painful, so you are less likely to want to do it.
Having bad feet narrows down the kind of exercises you can do. This makes it harder for you to stay fit.
It also means that you will be less active in your day-to-day life. You are going to get in the car to go to the shops rather than walk if walking results in painful feet.
Good posture helps with joint and bone health
When you have bad feet, your posture is affected. You walk in a way that compensates for the fact that your feet hurt.
This means that you walk in a lopsided and unnatural way. Over time, this puts a huge strain on your spine, hips, knees and ankles.
If you keep good posture and walk properly, it is far easier to maintain strong bones and joints. As you age this will have a big impact on how mobile you are and therefore on how healthy you stay.
Foot care is particularly important for diabetics
If you are one of the millions of people in the world, who suffer from diabetics looking after your feet is even more important. Circulation is an issue for diabetics, so problems with the extremities like the feet are common.
Over time the feet can start to go numb, small cuts do not heel and in time it is possible to lose toes, and potentially also your foot or part of your leg. If left gangrene and other infections can set in. These serious infections or amputations are life changing. They have a very negative impact on your life. Therefore, for diabetics, looking after their feet is critical.
A chance to spot health issues
Podiatrists and chiropodists can also help you to choose the right footwear to avoid issues with your feet. The way you are built, your gait and how you walk all have an impact on which type of footwear you should wear.
So, if it has been a while since you last visited a foot clinic take the time to make an appointment and start looking after your feet.