In this video, learn which practices you should adopt to care for your feet and avoid injury when power walking.
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Your feet are your most important ally when power walking. Learn how to look after them through washing, keeping your nails cut, getting rid of hard skin, and moisturising by watching this short tutorial.
Voice-over: Will Davies
Maintaining good foot hygiene
In this video, you will learn how to maintain good foot hygiene.
Your feet are your most important ally, so you need to take care of them every day.
There are three phases of good foot hygiene: firstly washing them, then nail length and getting rid of hard skin, and finally moisturising.
Firstly, washing your feet.
Wash your feet daily with soap and water and dry them well, making sure to get in between your toes.
It's important to keep your feet dry to avoid developing fungal infections.
Avoid washing your feet just before your walk, as the skin on your foot softens when in contact with water which makes it more delicate.
Walking with completely dry feet makes them more resistant to rubbing, so wash them the night before you exercise.
Next, nail length and getting rid of hard skin
Cut your toenails in a rounded shape, but not too short to avoid injuring your foot due to repeated contact with your shoe.
If you feel hard skin, like calluses or corns on your feet, sand them down with a pumice stone.
You'll easily find one of these in your pharmacy.
Finally, moisturising your feet.
Remember to apply a moisturising cream or vegetable-based oil (for example olive oil) regularly to your feet to soften your skin.
The softer your skin is, the more resilient and elastic it'll become.
If your feet are very dry, use a vegetable butter such as shea butter.
Massage your feet if necessary to relax your muscles. You can use a simple tennis ball for this. Put it on the floor and roll it under the soles of your feet.
Now that you know how to maintain healthy feet, let's learn how to prepare your feet for walking!