Foot care is an essential aspect of overall health, but many of us are under misconceptions about the best things to do for our feet. Those misconceptions can lead to poor foot care practices and those poor practices can cause discomfort and even health issues. Below, we debunk some of the most common foot care myths to help you maintain healthy and happy feet.
Myth 1: You Don’t Need to Worry About Your Feet Unless They Hurt
One prevalent myth is that you only need to pay attention to your feet when they start hurting or causing you problems. The fact is that, since our feet are covered most of the time (and no one else is looking at them) we tend not to think about them until they give us a painful reason to do so.
Fact: Preventive foot care is crucial and generally very simple. Maintaining proper hygiene and wearing comfortable shoes are both key. Regularly inspecting your feet for changes will help you to spot any potential issues so you can take steps to prevent them from developing into serious problems.
Myth 2: Soaking Your Feet Daily is Good for Them
The idea that daily foot soaking is beneficial is widespread. Foot soaking is relaxing and does have many benefits – as long as you don’t do it too often.
Fact: Excessive soaking can strip your feet of natural oils, leading to dryness and cracking. Limit foot soaks to weekly or occasional pampering, and be sure moisturize your feet afterwards.
Myth 3: Cutting an Ingrown Toenail Into a “V” Shape Will Fix It
Some believe that cutting a “V” shape into an ingrown toenail will alleviate the problem.
Fact: This can make the issue worse. If you have an ingrown toenail, it’s best to consult a chiropodist/podiatrist for proper treatment. Attempting DIY solutions can lead to infection or more significant problems.
Myth 4: Barefoot Is Always Better
Many people believe that walking barefoot is healthier for your feet.
Fact: Walking barefoot on natural surfaces like sand and grass can be beneficial for the foot muscles and for your balance. However, it’s clearly not appropriate in all environments. Feet need the protection of shoes or slippers on hard or uneven surfaces and anywhere where there are potential hazards.
Myth 5: All Foot Pain Can Be Relieved with Arch Supports
It’s commonly believed that using arch supports or orthotics will solve all types of foot pain.
Fact: While arch supports can provide relief for specific conditions, such as plantar fasciitis or flat feet, they may not be suitable for everyone. It is important not to self-diagnose foot pain but to consult a doctor or a chiropodist/podiatrist for a proper assessment and advice.
Myth 6: You Can “Break In” Uncomfortable Shoes
We’ve all done it: bought a pair of shoes that we liked even though they didn’t quite fit, and told ourselves that we will “break them in.” It never works, does it?!
Fact: Shoes should be comfortable from the start. Wearing uncomfortable shoes can lead to blisters, bunions, and other foot problems. Always choose shoes that fit well and provide adequate support.
Myth 7: Foot Odour Is Only Caused by Sweating
It’s a common myth that foot odour is solely a result of sweating.
Fact: Foot odour can also be caused by bacteria on the skin breaking down sweat and dead skin cells. Maintaining proper foot hygiene and wearing moisture-wicking socks can help reduce foot odour.
Myth 8: Corns and Calluses Should Always Be Removed
Many people believe that corns and calluses should always be removed entirely.
Fact: Corns and calluses often develop in response to friction or pressure as the foot protects itself by thickening the skin. While these things can be uncomfortable, removing them without addressing the underlying issue may lead to further problems. It’s best to consult a chiropodist/podiatrist for proper care.
Your feet are your foundation and deserve proper care and attention. By dispelling these misconceptions and prioritising preventive care, you can keep your feet in their best possible shape. And if you are worried about your feet, do consult a healthcare professional for guidance and advice. Of course one of the best ways you can take care of your feet is to sink your feet into a pair of luxury women’s slippers from Shaffay. Shop below.