Foot Care

Healthy feet are an important part of general well-being. Although we may not pay much attention to them when we're feeling fine, pain in the feet or ankles may stand in the way of everyday tasks and exercise. Our feet and ankles are our foundations, and so problems with these may actually cause pain in the legs, pelvis, or lower back. The first step to healthy feet is taking good care of them. 

Follow these 10 essential tips, and you'll be making great strides in achieving and maintaining foot health: 

  1. Remember that foot pain isn't normal, and shouldn't be ignored. Consult a podiatric physician about any pain that persists or reoccurs. 
  2. Inspect your feet regularly, paying close attention to color changes, foot temperature, and changes in the toenails, as well as cracks, cuts, peeling, scaling, or any growths. 
  3. Wash your feet daily, being sure to wash & dry thoroughly between your toes. 
  4. Toenails should be trimmed straight across...but not too short! Diabetics should get their toenails cut by a foot specialist. 
  5. Properly fitted shoes are important. Shop for new shoes later in the day when feet are at their largest, and replace worn shoes. 
  6. Select the right footwear for your activity. 
  7. Wear moisture-absorbing socks. 
  8. Don't walk barefoot, as this increases your chances of injury or infection.
  9. Care for your feet by moisturizing them (but not in between the toes) and using sunblock when at the beach.
  10. Don't attempt to treat ailments by yourself. See a professional foot specialist to avoid turning a small problem into a big one!

Jaclyn Visbeen

Dublin

Jaclyn Visbeen is a freelance marketing specialist offering website, branding, photography, copywriting, design, creative direction, campaign, eMarketing, and social media services.

Jaclyn was most recently employed by AUXILIARY Advertising & Design in Grand Rapids, MI as a copywriter. She taught academic writing and communications classes at Dorset College Dublin during the 2014-15 school year and, prior to that, spent four years as the digital marketing manager at Cornerstone University. Along with various other marketing positions, she has also has experience in TV, radio, and print journalism.

Jaclyn is currently living in Dublin, Ireland.

Education:

MSc in Digital Media, Griffith College, Dublin, Ireland

MA in Applied Linguistics, 2013, Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids, MI

BA in Broadcast Journalism, 2007, Biola University, Los Angeles, CA