Proper Footwear for Footcare
Footwear and footcare go hand in hand. Feet are generally less cared about by people as it is not really an exposed part of the body. People do not invest as much time and attention on taking care of their feet as much as they do for facial care, and pedicuring and manicuring their hands because they are more visible and create an impression.
Paying attention to footwear is important if you want to avoid conditions like rough soles, cracks on the feet, burning sensation during summer, irritating rough patches of skin on the feet, feet related allergies and also leg injuries.
Change your footwear as per change in the season. In summer, you must avoid wearing closed shoes. A lot of sweat is released due to heat and if there is no proper movement or circulation of air, the feet will remain moist. This can cause shrinking of skin in some cases, development of smelly feet or emanation of foul odor.
Wear sandals or flip flops so that air circulation and drying of moisture is possible. You may apply sunscreen so that the feet do not get tanned. To prevent dryness and itchy skin, you may also apply a moisturizing lotion in your feet.
Similarly, the material from which the shoe is made should also be considered. Wearing leather shoes in summer may lead to burning soles due to heat and friction. Wearing open shoes/sandal during rainy season will be better.
Wear shoes/footwear that is really comfortable to you. Do not go in for heeled shoes or sandals if your routine requires you to move around a lot and be mobile. High heeled sandals/shoes do not support the feet thoroughly, and may cause pain, discomfort, sprain or injury. A shoe that cannot balance the body and legs well may also give rise to backache.
Watch out when you are playing active sports. You must wear appropriate sports shoes, shoes with adequate cushion and padding when you are playing games or even going for a brisk walk or jog. Wearing chappals, flips flops or other sandals are not advisable as they do not support the legs and body well. This will also prevent knee jerks or minor injuries.