When was the last time you stopped, looked down at your feet, and said, “Thanks, dudes!”? Probably never – at least not so directly. But we should be very direct! Address your feet head-on and tell them you love them – especially on August 17, otherwise known as National I Love My Feet Day. Make some promises to your feet for the future, just as you would a spouse: to love, honor, and cherish them from this day forward.
- How to show LOVE to your feet
- Give your feet a self-exam, checking them for unusual spots, sores that don’t heal, or evidence of nail fungus or athlete’s foot.
- Get a pedicure at a licensed facility. Or, skip the salon and treat yourself to a soothing at-home pedicure.
- Perform foot and toe stretching exercises to strengthen and relax.
- Get a professional foot massage.
- Elevate them at the end of a long day of standing or walking.
- How to HONOR them
Just as your significant other wants to be heard, your feet love it when you really pay attention. Honor them by simply listening to them. Feet speak to us in the form of pain, swelling, redness, discoloration, deformity, burning, and numbness. None of these is normal and shouldn’t be accepted as a natural part of life or of getting older.
- Three Ways to CHERISH your feet
- Protect them with the proper shoe: minimize barefoot walking, choosing instead shoes that fit well. Dress your feet in shoes that are appropriate for your activity – for example, always reach for boots, not flip flops, when you plan to mow the lawn.
- Feed them a healthy diet. Your feet benefit from better circulation, healthy bones and soft tissues, and better healing when injured if you eat well.
- Take them to the doctor. If you’ve got diabetes, it’s extremely important to visit Dr. Craig B. Frey or Dr. Megan L. Oltmann at Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland at least once a year. Non-diabetics should make an appointment anytime their feet are injured or causing pain.
Love, honor, and cherish your feet by pampering them, paying attention to them, and getting them the help they need before a problem gets worse and becomes more difficult to treat. Call our office, located in Solon, Ohio, at (440) 903-1041 or make an appointment online.