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Proper Foot Care Is Important

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One of your most important tools, whether you’re working security or walking a neighborhood safety patrol, is your feet. Poor footwear and lack of proper foot care can not only be uncomfortable, but even painful. Standing watch, or walking a beat will often keep you on your feet longer than most, usually on concrete and in all weather conditions. Take care of your feet and the extra effort will pay off.

  • Keep them clean, keep them dry – especially dry between the toes. Inspect feet for dry cracked skin, or signs of athlete’s foot.
  • Do not put nail polish over "ugly nails" – Dry, cracked nails may be a sign of a fungal infection that nail polish could make worse.
  • Trim toenails properly – Cutting too close to the skin, or rounding nails off too much can contribute to painful ingrown toenails.
  • Head off foot sweat – Sweaty feet breed bacteria, so stop the funk before it starts. Synthetic materials wick moisture from the skin better than cotton or wool. Tip: Wearing a pair of "dress socks" under your heavier socks will help keep your feet drier. Corn starch or foot powder will also help to keep foot cool and dry.
  • Wear proper footwear – Make sure that your footwear is properly sized for your feet. Too large or too tight, can cause long-term foot problems. Tip: Shop for shoes at the end of the day when your feet are swollen, wearing the type of socks you’ll normally be wearing them with. You’ll want a stable base to stand on, plus room for your toes to move. Avoid elevated heals, and pointed toes.
  • Breathable Footwear – Leather or specially designed mesh fabrics, will allow your feet to "breathe", keeping them dry.
  • Moisturize your feet – Moisturizing your feet before you go to bed will help "seal" the skin and reduce drying, cracking, sores, and blisters. Tip: Use something meant for dry feet. Regular moisturizers can leave your feet feeling slippery.

Another consideration when purchasing footwear is your employer, or organization, may have a dress code that might dictate the footwear you have to wear while on duty. If you suffer from Diabetes, please consult with your doctor about special foot care.

Written by Silver Sentinel

September 5, 2013 at 1:06 pm

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