Footcare is something that should be practiced not only consistently, but early on as well. If you wait until you start experiencing problems with your feet to take care of them, irreparable damage may very well be done.

But how can you take better care of your feet? Well, it may not be as hard as you thought. First, invest in comfort shoes with arch supports. Many people assume that because their feet do not hurt when they walk that they're getting the support they need, but the truth is the majority of shoes are designed with style in mind first, handsome comfort second, and true support third.

Once you buy the shoes, make sure to stretch them. Regularly exercising your feet will keep them in top shape. Do stretches, and massage them on a fairly regular basis.

Comfort shoes are often associated with athletic shoes, to make running or sports easier. They are also associated with day to day wear. But they can also be worn in the work place, whether you work in an office or are doing hard labor every day.

For men and women, there are plenty of styles that can be worn in the office. There are some great leather slip-ons for men that look just like any other work shoe and would complete a suit well. No one would be able to tell that they are actually orthopedic shoes.

If you work in an environment where heavy work boots are needed, those are also available with orthopedic support. It's really important to help any foot problems you may have, especially if you are in an occupation where you may do a lot of bending, heavy lifting, and otherwise have awkward weight distribution on your feet. And if you are going to be standing all day, the more support the better.

For women, finding shoes is an even larger issue. The fashion industry rarely cares about arch support or aching lower back pains that may be deriving from wrong shoes. High heels rarely if ever have their own built in arch support and that can be seriously painful.

But beyond the pain, high heels can cause other problems. Not only may you develop bunions and hammertoe because of uncomfortable heels, but they also can cause stress on your knees and back pain.

If you can not give up high heels, either you want to look taller, more professional, or you just like the way they look, at least consider arch supports. These insoles are usually small and well hidden enough to work for even an open slip on heel without being seen.

It's best to do what you can to make heels a bit more bearable now, but the best solution is to minimize how often you wear them. After all, you do not want to give yourself such bad foot problems you'll need orthopedic shoes later.