When it comes to taking care of your feet, it’s important to follow some tips to keep your feet and ankles at their healthiest.
- Don’t ignore foot pain. It’s not normal. If the pain persists, please contact our office.
- Inspect your feet regularly. Pay attention to changes in color and temperature. Look for thick or discolored nails (a sign of developing fungus), and check for cracks or cuts in the skin. Peeling or scaling on the soles of feet could indicate Athlete’s foot. Any growth on the foot is not considered normal.
- Wash your feet regularly, especially between the toes, and be sure to dry them completely. When you keep your feet clean by washing them daily in warm and soapy water, it can keep your feet from cracking and becoming infected.
- When you trim your toenails, use proper nail clippers. Trim toenails straight across and never at an angle or down the edges. Make sure you’re not cutting them too short. Be careful not to cut nails in corners or on the sides; it can lead to ingrown toenails. Persons with diabetes, poor circulation or heart problems should not treat their own feet because they are more prone to infection.
- Make sure that your shoes fit properly. Purchase new shoes later in the day when feet tend to be at their largest and replace worn-out shoes as soon as possible. Shoes that are too narrow and tight can lead to bunions so stick to roomier shoes that will be comfortable for multiple hours a day.
- Select and wear the right shoe for the activity that you are engaged in (i.e. running shoes for running). Avoid wearing flip-flops consistently as they don’t support your feet and can give you arch and heel pain.
- Alternate shoes – don’t wear the same pair of shoes every day. This way, your shoes will last longer.
- Avoid walking barefooted. Your feet will be more prone to injury and infection. At the beach or when wearing sandals always use sunblock on your feet as the rest of your body. At the gym, make sure you are wearing shower shoes and drying your feet completely when finished to avoid athlete’s foot.
- Be cautious when using home remedies for foot ailments. Self-treatment can often turn a minor problem into a major one.
- If you are a diabetic, contact our office at least once a year for a check-up.