Friday July 20, 2018

Foot care: Solutions for Foot problems

Feet go through a lot of woes including pains, sweating, fungal infections, warts, ingrown toenails, corns, calluses, bunions, blisters

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Foot care is one of the ignored but most important aspect of our overall health. Pixabay.
Foot care is one of the ignored but most important aspect of our overall health. Pixabay.
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  • Feet are the most important part of our body
  • They go through a lot of wear and tear and are subject to infection, pains, etc.
  • Foot care is very important for our over all health

The most important part that  bears it all and carries it all, is hence subjected to the maximum wear and tear. Feet go through a lot of woes including pains, sweating, fungal infections, warts, ingrown toenails, corns, calluses, bunions, blisters. Except for some people who take care of their feet to beautify themselves, it is one of those parts taken for granted, by both men and women.

Feet diseases can occur because of injuries or other bodily diseases. Bacterial and fungal infections too can occur as feet are usually maintained in a dank and damp enclosure. A commonly known fungal disease, athlete’s foot, is one such condition that occurs due to poorly maintained feet.

Foot health should be a concern for everyone. Pixabay
Foot health should be a concern for everyone. Pixabay
Foot Care Tips

Choose the right footwear

An ideal footwear is one that is” not-ill-fitting and only comfortable”. The ideal footwear should cushion the feet without squeezing it excessively and distribute the entire weight of body onto both the soles. The features described are best found in a shoe with a rounded or boxy toe area and a modest heel at the most. But in the modern world, women often find themselves in high heels. Women hold the highest record of foot abuse by wearing medically unrecommended foot coverings since time known.  It causes various deformities and conditions including bunions, calluses, corns, in growing nails etc. These even change the alignment of pelvic bones leading to an unfavorable impact during childbirth.The minute you experience heel pain while wearing those stylish shoes, do not take the extra effort in continuing to wear them but only in discarding them.

Choosing right footwear is very important fro foot health. Pixabay
Choosing right footwear is very important fro foot health. Pixabay
Disease alert: Diabetic foot care

If you are a person with diabetes, check your feet regularly for any injury or ulcer. Timely intervention in such cases is always a great help.

Senior citizens? Take extra care

As you age your ability to fight diseases declines if you do not take the appropriate steps to equip your body with the right armor. Older age people might have nerve damage and reduced blood circulation. This might lead to an altered sensation in the feet. Visit your physician/ podiatrist regularly and take extra care of your feet if you fall in this category

Quit smoking

It is important to add foot problems too to that long list of problems due to smoking. Smoking can reduce the blood circulation in feet.

Smoking can be really dangerous for our foot health.
Smoking can be really dangerous for our foot health.
Promote blood circulation to your feet

Massage your feet gently and regularly. Avoid wearing tight-fitting shoes. Keep changing positions while sitting for long hours to avoid diminished blood circulation.

Foot care should not be a cursory affair

Consider foot health as part of your everyday routine. Wash them every day. Soak them in warm water (with soap too) for ten minutes on a weekly basis (at the least). This helps in cleaning the skin and nails and in maintaining soft skin.

Also Read: 4 Ways to Keep your Feet Healthy During Monsoon

Moisturize

Moisturization is sought by feet too. Do not forget to rub some petroleum free moisturizer on feet. It prevents cracks and dry skin.

Nail care

Trim your nails regularly.

Taking care of our nails is just as equally important for our foot health. Pixabay
Taking care of our nails is just as equally important for our foot health. Pixabay
Protection

Never walk barefoot, always wear clean footwear and try not to share your footwear with anyone else.

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Diabetes? Living Near Woods May Cut Risk of Elevated Blood Sugar

The researchers hope that the findings will prompt doctors and other healthcare professionals to recommend patients to spend more time in greenery and natural areas

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Spending more time with nature also increased sleep duration and significantly reduced the levels of salivary cortisol -- a physiological marker of stress.
Spending more time with nature also increased sleep duration and significantly reduced the levels of salivary cortisol -- a physiological marker of stress. Pixabay

Feeling unwell? Instead of popping up a pill, sitting in the lap of nature can have various health benefits, says a study.

The findings showed that living near the nature or getting regular exposure to greenery may reduce the risk of a host of illnesses including Type-2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure, preterm birth and stress — and boost overall health.

“We often reach for medication when we’re unwell but exposure to health-promoting environments is increasingly recognized as both preventing and helping treat disease. Our study shows that the size of these benefits can be enough to have a meaningful clinical impact,” said Andy Jones from Britain’s University of East Anglia (UEA).

“People living near greenery likely have more opportunities for physical activity and socializing. Meanwhile, exposure to a diverse variety of bacteria present in natural areas may also have benefits for the immune system and reduce inflammation,” said lead author, Caoimhe Twohig-Bennett from UEA’s Norwich Medical School.

Health-boosting properties of forest bathing can be explained by Phytoncides, which are organic compounds with antibacterial properties, released by trees, the researchers said.
Health-boosting properties of forest bathing can be explained by Phytoncides, which are organic compounds with antibacterial properties, released by trees, the researchers said. Pixabay

For the study, published in the journal Environmental Research, the team studied data from over 140 studies involving more than 290 million people from 20 countries including the UK, the US, Spain, France, Germany, Australia and Japan.

Spending more time with nature also increased sleep duration and significantly reduced the levels of salivary cortisol — a physiological marker of stress.

Also Read: Air Pollution Linked to 3.2 Million New Diabetes Cases in One Year

The researchers hope that the findings will prompt doctors and other healthcare professionals to recommend patients to spend more time in greenery and natural areas.

“We hope that this research will inspire people to get outside more and feel the health benefits for themselves. Hopefully our results will encourage policymakers to invest in the creation, regeneration, and maintenance of parks and greenery, particularly in urban residential areas,” Twohig-Bennett noted. (IANS)

One response to “Diabetes? Living Near Woods May Cut Risk of Elevated Blood Sugar”

  1. Bad sugar. I found out I had type 2. I had no idea what to do or how I was going to eat. I did know that I was very motivated not to take medication. Then I read a diabetes story (google ” How I Freed Myself From Diabetes ” ) Eight weeks later I have lost 35 pounds and am not taking any medication and have a blood glucose reading that averages 105. The first few days saw an immediate change. I went from a blood glucose reading of 314 to 143 in three days. I immediately started shedding weight without exercise.