April is National Foot Health Awareness Month! According to Dan E. Robinson, DPM, a board-certified podiatric surgeon who specializes in foot and ankle conditions with Bingham Healthcare Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, people often overlook caring for their feet. He said, “Most problems occur from poor footwear choices, poor hygiene or personal foot care, and lack of exercise.”
“Examine your feet daily, looking for minor changes such as redness, irritation, calluses, and toenail fungus,” Dr. Robinson says. “And, if you have pain in your feet that lasts for two or more days, you should see a podiatric foot and ankle specialist.” Here are some tips of ways to give your feet extra attention this month.
Wear the Right Shoes
Considering how much wear and tear we put into our feet over the years, it’s important to wear shoes that support our feet and ankles. Flat shoes with no arch support can make you more prone to injuries and conditions such as plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis. A shoe with good shock absorbency and arch support will do. Wearing the right shoes is even more important when doing excess physical activity such as during exercise or travelling. Try to avoid flimsy shoes like flat flip flops or ballet flats.
Maintain Good Hygiene
Simple yet effective, maintaining good hygiene is a great way to take care of your feet. Make sure you wash them in the shower and moisturize afterwards. As you get older, your body’s sweat glands decrease, so it’s easier for skin to lose moisture. Spread a thin layer of vaseline on the bottom of your feet before going to bed to give them an extra boost of moisture and softness. However, make sure not to get vaseline in between your toes, as too much wetness in between your toes can cause an infection. Trim your nails to a good length and use a nail file to round out the ends to avoid getting ingrown nails.
Be Aware of Your Body
No one knows your body as well as you do. The best thing you can do for yourself is be aware of any changes on your feet that might require attention. Check them for cuts, sores, infections, or pain. If you experience soreness or cramps, try stretching your muscles or using a tennis ball to roll out your arch.
Make a Podiatrist Appointment
Most importantly, get your feet checked by skilled and compassionate podiatrists at Alpine Foot Specialists. If you’re having pain or notice a new mark such as a wart or callus that you’re unsure about, our specialists would love to hear from you. Call today to schedule your appointment for any of your foot care needs or concerns!