Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet! Have Healthy Feet This Halloween
It’s almost Halloween and you know what that means…it’s time for trick-or-treating! Walking around with your kids for a few hours may become a bit intense for your feet. What started out as good, old fashioned fun might eventually turn to a painful romp through the neighborhood.
With these 5 preventative tips, you can save your feet from being scarier than the ghouls and ghosts roaming the streets!
1. Foot Position
Many people categorize themselves as “duck-footed” or “pigeon-toed”. This means most people recognize that they do not properly position their feet. An easy way to fix your foot position is to find a straight edge, such as a sidewalk or yoga mat. Situate your foot beside it and remember the alignment. If you can remember this and keep your feet in this alignment while walking, it will certainly save your feet some pain.
2. Shoe Material
When apparel is restricting, such as clothing and shoes, your body will sweat and create some not-so-pleasant odors. When selecting your shoes for Halloween night, make sure to choose shoes that are made of a breathable material, such as canvas.
3. Wear Socks
Not all socks are created equal. Socks meant for sports sometimes include ventilation panels, and these help keep your feet dry. Also look for socks that are antibacterial. These types of socks are infused with chemicals that discourage odor-producing bacteria that make your feet sweat and stink.
4. Shoe Choice
Your choice of footwear is a big deal, and can really determine the type of stress that will be put on your feet. This may be obvious, but when enduring activities such as long walks, do not wear shoes with heels or made with stiff material! Any type of shoes that elevate the heel will strain your body, and you’ll wind up with blisters if you wear shoes with stiff material that doesn’t bend. Instead, wear shoes that have good arch support and are designed to keep you comfortable and healthy while walking.
5. Spray Deodorant on your Feet
Yes, we said it, deodorant. Purchase a spray deodorant (the same kind you would buy for underarms), and spray it on your feet. The purpose of deodorant is to be an antiperspirant and should/can be used where on your body that may sweat and cause odor.
While you might not want to ruin a potentially excellent costume by wearing walking shoes, your feet will thank you later. Try covering them with a costume accessory if you plan on dressing up with the kids! Be sure that you follow the same tips above when you dress your little monsters, too!
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