Feet are as important to service members as their properly-sighted weapons. It is essential to the infantry as the fighter jets are to the airmen pilots. So, if the foot sucked at being a foot, you can bet it would affect your performance and possibly even turn for the worse if not treated right away. Like tanks, jets, and other armored vehicles, the feet of individual service members need to be inspected and maintained for potential damage and repair.

The long-enduring walking, standing, running, and rucking, combined with the rigid combat boots and dress shoes, make sore feet a common ailment in the military. In fact, and I’m sure you should know this by now if you’ve gone and graduated to basic training, Foot Care is among the most important mantra, especially for the Infantry MOS (Military occupation specialty), who heavily rely on their feet all day long. This is why perfectly-fitting boots and running shoes are a must and don’t forget to wear socks that would create a buffer.

Listed below are five basic tips on maintaining and keeping your feet in shape after long hours of strenuous activities.

#1 Good Personal Hygiene

This is common sense. Give your feet a good scrub using soap and water, and between your toes. Then, make sure to dry them thoroughly before putting on your socks and shoes to keep your feet from developing athlete’s foot and other fungal infections.

Another thing to consider is cutting your nails and how to trim them properly. You probably don’t want discomfort just because you neglected to trim your toenails. Obviously, you’d naturally follow the growing white nail pattern. But it is important not to cut too short or to curve too much on the corners, or you’ll risk having ingrown toenails, and you’d not want that. Nevertheless, if damage has already been done and you have ingrown toenails, it’s best to consult a medical specialist to properly take care of it.

Foot callouses offer both pros and cons. But if the cons are weighing too much, you can easily treat it by soaking your foot in the water for 15-20 minutes and rubbing the callous using a pumice stone (preferable). If you can, though, do this with the help of professionals, or at least don’t grind it off in one go, or you’ll end up skinning too much, leading to infection.

Finally, clean your wounds whenever you get blisters to prevent further infection. Again, wash it with soap and water, and dry them completely before applying alcohol or ointment on open sores.

Use the dedicated spray if you’ve unfortunately developed an athlete’s foot or for prevention measures.