Keeping Your Feet Crisis-Ready

You have your obvious life essentials: water, food, heat and a safe place. But one of the biggest things that you’ll need in a crisis is mobility. If you have the other four, you will be happy until that “safe place” no longer exists.

Your feet are essential for your survival if you find yourself on the go in a crisis. For this primary reason, you need to take special care of them.

Here are five survival tips on how to keep your foot area in action-ready condition.

Survival Foot Tip #1: Cleanliness Is Everything. Unclean feet can lead to infections, diseases and fungi. One common mistake made by people (even athletes) is that they keep their sweaty, damp feet concealed in their socks and shoes. Such an environment is the breeding ground for fungi. So keep your feet clean and dry. This will help prevent any unnecessary infections such as athlete’s foot. 

Survival Foot Tip #2: Foot Massages/Reflexology. Foot massages have multiple health benefits such as combating depression, anxiety and poor blood flow, as well as aches and pains. What many don’t know is that foot massages (especially reflexology) can help with issues that affect other areas of the body. 

Reflexology is a step further than your average foot massage. It goes deeper than the skin and foot muscles. Reflexologists hit certain points in the foot to trigger a healing in targeted organs throughout the body. If you opt out of seeing a professional, add foot massages to your regular routine, especially while in a crisis.

Survival Foot Tip #3: The Right Foot Gear. This is not the time for blisters, callouses and damaged toenails. This is a common problem for runners because they wear the wrong types of sneakers. And the average Joe is no different. Tight shoes will create pressure in certain spots of the foot, making it uncomfortable and even painful for people to move around. That’s why folks get bunions, corns and ingrown toenails. Sometimes shoes may be too big or even too old. Make sure your shoes are comfortable and give you proper support. 

Survival Foot Tip #4: When Sharing Isn’t Caring. Wear your own socks and shoes. Since fungal infections are contagious, you put yourself at risk whenever you put on someone else’s footgear. The thing with foot infections is that they can spread. Some leave the skin irritated, burning and, in some cases, bare. Again, keep your footwear to yourself if you want to keep your feet healthy. If you have to pack up the kids or grandkids in a life-threatening event, it’s best to not mix their socks up either. It might seem like the most economically sound thing to do, but it’s not worth the children’s health. 

Survival Foot Tip #5: Your Ankles Are Just as Important. Your foot area also includes your ankles. Your feet may be as healthy as can be, but that’s no good if you have a sprained or broken ankle. Weak ankles are more prone to sprains and breaks. When you sprain your ankle, you either stretch or tear your ankle ligaments outside of the foot. A sprain can leave you out of commission for four to eight weeks. For those with weak ankles, consider taping them for support if you have to run in the face of a catastrophe. You can also strengthen your ankles by doing calf raises. This teaches your ankles to have control while your body weight shifts.

3 Natural Remedies for Foot Infections

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar Mix – For 30 minutes, let your feet soak in two cups of water and 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar. If you need more in your foot tub, add more while keeping that same 2 to .5 cup ratio.
  2. Oregano Essential Oil – At least once a day, rub oregano oil over your affected toenails. Oregano is perfect for treating toenail fungus. Continue application until the infection goes away.
  3. Pau D’arco Tea Soak – Soak your feet in pau d’arco tea twice a day for 20 minutes. The South American tea is renowned for its healing powers. It’s known to clear up foot infections while also treating arthritis.

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