If someone were to ask you what you thought the most healthy parts of your body should be, what would your answer be? Most people would say their heart or brain, maybe lungs, things we know are vital to human life. However, sometimes we forget that keeping the other parts of our body healthy is important too.

Take your feet, for example. When's the last time you considered your foot health? It's critical to know how to take care of your feet. But why put in all the work?

Well, we've got the answer. It's time to jump into our guide for the top five reasons to think "feet first" in the New Year! 

1. Feet Issues Cause a Ripple Effect

One of the primary reasons you should take care of your feet is that it doesn't take much for a foot problem to snowball into other issue.

For example, let's say you have joint pain from uncomfortable shoes and have difficulty walking. Because you haven't been taking care of your feet, the injury takes longer to heal. As a result, you're sitting around more not getting any physical activity.

If these foot problems become a recurring issue, you could be at risk for obesity, or blood circulation issues, which in-turn leads to an increased chance of diabetes and heart disease.

2. Not Thinking "Feet First" Puts Your Life in Turmoil

Another reason you should monitor your foot health is that if you want to remain self-sufficient, you need to be able to walk around unimpaired. Going to work, acquiring food, or even something as simple as going outside to collect your mail, gets more difficult if every step you take is painful.

3. Your Feet Will Crack and Scar

If you fail to take care of your feet, they will visually reflect it. Calluses and corns will build up around your skin if you put too much friction on it, leaving your foot covered in dead skin and blisters. Failing to keep your feet clean can also lead to nasty fungal infections like athlete's foot or infected toenails.

4. Nails Suffer Too

Not giving your feet the proper care they need will also cause you problems with your toenails beyond fungal infections. If they are cut poorly or slammed into something, they can become ingrown and dig into the skin.

5. You Could Lose the Foot Forever

Finally, in a worst-case scenario, failing to take care of your feet could result in your feet getting amputated. This tends to happen as a result of diabetes cutting off blood flow to your feet and causing infections that can spread to the rest of your body if not removed.

Your Feet Will Thank You

And there you have it! Now that you know all about why it's important to put your feet first when it comes to your health, your feet will thank you for the whole year round! And if you want to get some orthotics or other helpful tools for your feet, check out our marketplace for the top of the line foot care products!