file000159946052People walk, run, and hurry around all day but often forget to thank their feet for doing all that work. Over time, your feet can take a beating. This is especially true for those who work on their feet all day. Consider five reasons to take care of your feet and ankles.

Feet Are Complex

Consider the complexity of your foot. It has 26 bones with 33 joints. There are also more than 100 ligaments, muscles, and tendons in your foot. This means there are a variety of issues that could arise, especially if you neglect your feet. If your feet ache or your shoes hurt, these are signals your feet need attention. It can help to soak your feet in a warm foot bath for 15 minutes every night. Add some Epsom’s salts and essential oils to soothe them. Dry them completely and use a foot moisturizer to help keep them smooth.

Common Foot Problems Happen

Often people have minor issues with their feet because they are wearing shoes that fit improperly. However, foot issues can arise for people who are overweight or older. Health conditions such as diabetes can also lead to foot problems. Common issues include corns, calluses, bunions, and fallen arches. Calluses and corns occur when your feet experience pressure or rubbing. Bunions on bumps on the joint of the big toe. Flat feet are formally referred to as fallen arches.

Swollen Feet

Another issue that often arises is swollen feet. There are a variety of reasons for this, ranging from standing for a long time to being overweight to menstrual periods. It can help to put your feet up for a few minutes to reduce the swelling. Regular exercise can minimize swelling as well as reducing your salt intake and wearing support hose. If you need to stand or sit in the same position for a long time, make sure to take a few minutes to stretch and move around.

Signs of Other Health Issues

Problems with your feet can be an indication of other health problems, including diabetes, edema, and kidney failure. If swelling, pain, sores and/or bumps are persistent, make an appointment with a podiatrist and your regular doctor to determine what could be wrong.

You Need Your Feet

Finally, the bottom line is you need your feet. They take you everywhere you have to go. Pamper your feet every few weeks by going to a medispa to have them taken care of.  From cleansing the feet and trimming the toenails to massage, moisturizing and taking note of irregularities, a medispa can be your feet’s best friend.