Last Updated on January 18, 2021
3. Flip flops
Flip flops are very popular during the summer, which is perfectly understandable, given that they are extremely lightweight and allow the feet to breathe and stay fresh. However, you should only use them when you are sure you won’t have to walk much. Flat sandals reduce your mobility, makes you more prone to ankle injuries, bunions, blisters, hammertoes, infections, and plantar fasciitis. As you can see, there are way too many reasons not to wear flip flops for extended periods. Warning: you have to always wear flip flops (or other types of shower slippers) in showers, public pools, and locker rooms. They are the most effective way to prevent athlete’s foot and other infections. Just remember to dry them properly before packing them in your bag.
4. Not knowing how to trim your toenails
It’s not rocket science, really. But there are still people who do not know how to do it or are not careful enough during this task. Here’s how you should be doing it: Use a proper nail-cutting tool such as a large nail clipper or manicure scissors. Cut them while they are dry. Cut them to make it in line. Do it every seven weeks (this might differ from person to person) If you cut them too short, your shoes will press the short nail into the skin tissue around it, and you might develop an ingrown toenail – that can be quite painful and lead to an infection.
5. Wearing the same pair of shoes all the time
We get it. You have a pair of very comfortable shoes that you just can’t get enough of. It’s like walking on clouds. But please, please consider getting at least two more pairs of shoes to rotate them. Because when you use ones every single day, you are always using the exact same parts of your foot for support, which can cause great stress and lead to foot fatigue – and you simply don’t have the time to make a foot soak every day to recover, do you?
6. Not using proper footwear to play different sports
You should always wear the appropriate footwear for the sport you are playing or the physical activity you are doing. Don’t think that you can wear the same sneakers to play tennis, run, and play football. Well, of course you can, but your feet are going to suffer badly. Footwear companies spend a lot of money developing technology that allows them to create different products that are suited to play different sports. That’s why tennis shoes are so great to play tennis (or any other sport that forces you to do mostly side to side movements) and why people feel so comfortable running when they are wearing high-quality running shoes designed with that straight motion in mind.