Have you ever sat down and thought about what your feet really go through on a daily basis? Your feet hold you up day in and day out taking you everywhere you need to go. They do a lot for you, but do you do anything for them? Do you take care of them so that you can prevent future fatigue, swelling and pain? If not, it's time that you started. This article will discuss what your feet typically go through at various times of the day and how you can help improve your foot and overall health.
Your Feet in the Morning
While your feet will be less tired and swollen in the morning, this is the time of day when those who suffer a condition called Plantar Fasciitis will feel significant pain. If you suffer from this, as soon as your feet hit the floor, you will feel the pain all across the bottom of your foot and in your heel. The pain will generally subside as you start your day and your muscles begin to stretch.
The best thing that you can do for your feet in the morning is eat a very healthy diet that is not only good for your overall health, but also good for your feet. This includes a diet of flax seed, blueberries, grapefruit, avocado and cantaloupe.
Your Feet in the Afternoon.
If you've been wearing high heels or shoes that lack in support, your feet are going to be hurting and very tired by the afternoon. They will probably be a little swollen as well. In most cases, you will want to sit down and avoid walking whenever possible. However, you should actually do the opposite. The walking is good on your feet, especially when it is spaced out throughout the day. Just a swift 10-minute walk can help to keep (or get) the blood flowing through your feet, prevent weight gain and much more.
Your Feet in the Evening
Once you get off work, you may want to go work out. If this is true, then make sure that your wear arch support socks or compression socks, as these will help relieve swollen and tired feet. You should have someone else massage your feet in the evening to help relieve any built-up muscle tension and improve circulation. Don't forget to keep your feet elevated as well, which will help to reduce the swelling.
Your Feet at Bedtime
If your feet are dry and you have cracked heels, make sure to apply lotion to the entire foot before you go to bed. Don't forget to put on a pair of socks after applying the lotion for optimal results. If you're diabetic, then you need to make sure you have a pair of diabetic socks on hand to help promote blood circulation while you're at rest.
If at any time you begin to feel more pain in your feet than usual or notice significant swelling and redness, it is crucial that you consult with a podiatrist immediately. There may be an underlying health problem that needs to be addressed before it worsens.