Feet support the body weight, maintain posture and also help in movement. As the feet bear the entire weight of the body; they are more prone to injuries such as calluses, corns, cracks, rough surfaces, fungal infection and traumatic injuries.
Foot care becomes essential in individuals having leg artery disease (peripheral arterial disease) or diabetes. These disease cause hardening of the arteries and block blood supply to the limbs. If these conditions are not treated, your nerves may get damaged and cause gangrene (tissue death). Worst cases may require amputation of limbs. Therefore, it is very important to take special care of your feet and keep them healthy.
To maintain good health of the feet and prevent injuries, one should always wear comfortable, good quality and proper fitting footwear. Specially-designed shoe inserts, called orthoses, helps in alignment and stabilisation of the feet. The basic instructions for maintaining beautiful and healthy feet include: