While it may be important to you what you put on your feet each day to face another day at work and the world as a whole, the way you care for your feetis also important. Your feet go through thousands of steps every day and yet you sometimes cram them into pointy, tight pumps and then expect them to hold up well. Lots of Americans have trouble with their foot, but you don’t have to be one of them. Here are some care tips to help you keep things comfortable and problem-free.

Don’t Wear Shoes That Are Too Tight

Feet do change in size over the years, even if you are an adult and you think you have stopped growing. Your feet might spread, lengthen, and, on rare occasions, they might even get smaller. Measure your feet in the store or have a professional do so for you so you are sure to get the right size. If the shoes feel too tight, don’t assume you’ll break them in. They might simply be too small.

Roll A Tennis Ball Under Your Feet

Your feet need to he massaged and have their muscles stretched out just like any other area of your body. But it’s hard to stretch your foot, right? Get out a tennis ball and roll it around under your foot to stretch those muscles. The tighter they are, the more your feet hurt. Keep them stretched out and they will feel better.

Keep Your Feet Clean And Dry

When you get out of the bath or shower, your feet are probably clean. But do you immediately shove them into socks, or do you make sure they are dry? You need dry feet, so they don’t have moisture on them all day long, causing pressure and rubbing. If you have trouble with sweaty feet, you will need good socks to help you to keep things as dry as you can. You might also want to avoid certain kinds of shoe materials that can make the issue worse.

Consider Professionals

If you have calluses, corns, extra dry feet, ingrown toenails, or other issues, you might want to visit professionals. It might be as easy as getting a pedicure every few months to keep your feet in good shape to wear the shoes you want with style and comfort. Or you might need help from a podiatrist to get certain things worked out, so you aren’t in pain.

Most feet take thousands of steps a day and if you want them to serve you well, look good, and function all at the same time, you have to take care of them, too. Buying beautiful shoes that fit well can help, but self-foot care does also.