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Still On Shutdown? How To Care For Your Feet While You're At Home

by Camila Davidson

If you've been stuck in your home during the coronavirus shutdown, you need to take care of your feet. If you're like most people, you've been focusing your attention on staying healthy, and that's important. But, you also need to worry about your feet. During the shutdown, your feet might not be getting as much attention as they need. Unfortunately, that lack of attention can lead to some serious foot problems. While you're at home during the shutdown, pay close attention to your feet. Here are four steps you can take to protect your feet during the coronavirus shutdown. 

Exercise Your Feet

If you're like most people, you've been leading quite a sedentary lifestyle during the shutdown, especially if you haven't been working. You might not realize this, but your feet need exercise. Without the exercise, your foot muscles can tighten up, leaving you with pain and weakness. The best way to protect your feet during the shutdown is to get some exercise. Try to get out and walk at least once a day. If you can't get outside to walk, put your walking shoes on and walk around the inside of your home. It's also a good idea to stretch your feet each day. 

Keep Your Feet Clean

If you haven't been leaving the house during the shutdown, you might not be keeping up on your personal hygiene. If your feet aren't staying clean, you could start seeing some problems with them. You may not be leaving your house, but you still need to keep your feet clean and dry. Try to wash your feet several times a week. Once you've washed your feet, dry them thoroughly, especially between your toes. When you keep your feet clean and dry, you can avoid problems like athlete's foot and toe fungus. 

Recognize Foot Changes

If you haven't been inspecting your feet during the shutdown, you need to start doing that right away. Your feet could be going through changes that you're unaware of. Some of those changes may indicate problems that will require a doctor's visit. Things that you should watch for include changes in color and temperature. You should also watch for areas that have become sensitive to touch.

Don't take chances with your feet. Follow the tips provided above to keep your feet healthy during the shutdown. If you experience problems with your feet during the shutdown, you need to schedule an appointment with a foot doctor as soon as possible.

To learn more, contact a foot doctor.