How To Keep Your Feet Happy

Regretting all those years you spent running around in high heels? The narrow pumps you wore to work everyday likely squeezed your toes, and the stilettos you splurged on for special occasions probably made your back scream. It’s never too late to start taking better care of your feet. Here are some tips for keeping your feet happy and suggestions for finding comfortable footwear. 

Maintenance For Your Paws
If you’ve got sore feet, it’s important to address the problem immediately. You may even need to toss out your current shoes and try something new. But first, a little maintenance and TLC for your feet can go a long way. If you regularly deal with foot pain or discomfort, try the following:

  • Moisturize regularly with a super emollient foot cream.
  • Soak your feet in warm water and Epsom salts.
  • Massage and elevate your feet regularly.
  • Keep your toenails clipped and filed (it’s a great excuse for a pedicure).
  • Try wearing compression socks to improve circulation and prevent pain associated with varicose veins.

Footwear Foibles
We’ve all done it - fallen for the wrong kind of shoe because it goes perfectly with a new outfit. It’s time to stop buying uncomfortable shoes just because you like the way they look. Instead, seek out footwear that is comfortable while also being easy on the eyes. When selecting a new pair of shoes, make sure they will not:

  • cause blistering or chafing.
  • impede balance,
  • be difficult to get on and off,
  • become slippery on hard or smooth surfaces.

Find Your Shoe Shopping Mojo
There are numerous companies that feature adaptive footwear for people with foot or mobility issues. Whatever footwear brand you prefer, here are some shopping guidelines for finding shoes that are comfortable, safe and attractive:

  • Go shoe shopping at the end of the day, when your feet are at their most swollen, to ensure a good fit.
  • If you have customized inserts or orthotics, bring them with you and try on shoes with your own inserts.
  • Choose a store that will measure your feet while standing, sitting and walking, and have them also evaluate your gait if possible. This will help you get the best fit possible, tailored to your gait.
  • Ignore shoe sizes, and choose a shoe that fits the best. Shoe sizes can vary widely based on brand.
  • Ask your doctor for a recommendation for a specific brand based on your particular pain points.
  • Don’t purchase any shoe that needs to be “broken in”, no matter how attractive. Just leave it in the store.

Features To Look For
For many people, arthritis, corns, bunions or calluses can make walking or exercising painful. The right footwear should minimize discomfort caused by these issues and may even reduce their occurrence. Shoe inserts like orthotics and heel pads can provide added comfort, but first it’s best to find a pair of shoes that are a really good fit. Regardless of brand, here are some recommended features to look for when selecting shoes:

  • Flexible soles at the toe section of the shoe.
  • Material that breathes as your feet sweat.
  • A wide and deep toe area, to allow for more movement in the toes.
  • A snug fit for the ball of your foot.
  • A cushioned but hard heel so that your heels do not slip while walking.
  • Quality construction without poorly placed seams that may irritate or rub against the skin.

At Kyffin Grove, we believe in happy feet! A podiatrist is among our consortium of health care providers, so you can keep your feet healthy without ever sitting in a doctor’s waiting room. And, we regularly offer outings to shopping areas with quality shoe stores. Kyffin Grove offers carefree living and a supportive and caring environment. Contact us to learn more or to schedule a tour.