Disease, years of wear and tear, ill-fitting or poorly designed shoes, poor circulation to the feet, or improperly trimmed toenails are just some of the things that cause so many common foot problems.
To prevent foot problems, check your feet regularly – or alternatively, have them checked by a member of the family -- and try to make sure that you practise good foot hygiene.
Preventing Foot Trouble
Improving the circulation of blood to the feet can help prevent problems. Exposure to cold temperatures or water, pressure from shoes, long periods of sitting, or smoking can reduce blood flow to the feet. Even sitting with your legs crossed or wearing tight, elastic garters or socks can affect circulation. On the other hand, raising the feet, standing up and stretching, walking, and other forms of exercise promote good circulation. Gentle massage and warm footbaths can also help increase the circulation to the feet.