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Survival Foot Care

Eventually, there will be no more gas to keep the cars rolling, your bike chain will rust, and you won’t be trained enough to ride a horse. At one point during the disaster, you will have to walk. The average American walks 4,000 steps a day, which is roughly 1.5 miles. That puts a lot of wear and tear on your feet. You are going to want to keep those puppies barking for as long as you can.

 

Assemble A Foot Car Kit for your Bag

I keep one in both my Get Home Pack and BOB. It’s a small zipper pouch with essential foot relate items. My bag includes:

  • Travel size bottle foot powder
  • Anti-fungal cream (to treat athlete’s foot)
  • Toenail clippers
  • Wart remover
  • An ingrown toenail treatment kit
  • Corn cushions
  • Nail brush
  • Pumice stone
  • Heel balm
  • Moleskin
  • Blister pads
  • Scissors

Also in the bag, I carry shoe repair supplies such as:

  • Insoles
  • Shoelaces
  • Shoe glue
  • Scissors
  • Boot socks

 

Make Foot Washing A Habit

Medical professionals claim you should be washing your feet twice a day. This is because our feet tend to get sweatier and dirtier than the rest of our bodies. You figure they are the only thing to keep in an airtight container (AKA your shoe) for most of the day. Feet are porous and need to breathe as often as they can. After you thoroughly wash them make sure they are completely dry, paying extra attention to between the toes. Fungus loves moisture that is in dark places which is why between the toes see more fungal infections than the rest of the foot.

 

Trimming Them Nice and Sweet

Proper nail trimming is key to proper toe care. You want to trim them so they are one millimeter from the quake (pink stuff). You don’t want to cut too short as it will cause you pain, discomfort, or a condition called ingrown toenail. You want to cut them straight across with proper nail clippers. DO NOT use scissors as they will cause the nail to splinter. Then you want to file the edges with an Emory board, making it a smooth round surface.

 

Give Me A Through Check-Up

Every day you should perform a foot exam. What this means is to check the toes for signs of scaling and infections. Check the pad (bottom) and the heel of your foot for cuts, sores, blisters, bruises, or bumps. Check the nails for signs of ingrowing and other damages. If you are diabetic regular foot exam should be common for you. People with this medical condition can develop peripheral neuropathy. which is known to cause toe deformities, the collapse of the arch and dry skin.

 

Let The Piggies Breath

Shortly after you examine your foot give it a chance to breathe outside the shoes. All that sweat and dirt in the shoe will have built upon your foot. If you skip this then you’ll put your feet at risk of infections and diseases. Also, remember fungus loves moisture and darkness so if you don’t let your feet breath you’ll start developing athlete’s foot or other our fungal related diseases. In the winter treat the dry spots to lotion and a thin sock to lock in the medicine to heel dry, cracking skin.

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M.L. Lewis

Written by M.L. Lewis

M.L. Lewis is not new to the world of writing. She has written various short stories and poems throughout the years and has won multiple awards in art and literature. The highest honor she received was Poet of the Year in 2000, and again in 2005. A poem she wrote in honor of law enforcement can be seen in the book, Everything You Wanted to Know about the Heroes in Blue. She was also featured in Encounter magazine for the volunteer work she did for the United States troops. In 2010 she won Resident of the Year in a local newspaper titled The South Hills Messanger. Today, she spends her time increasing her knowledge on disaster preparedness while working on her Ph. D. in Paranormal Studies.

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