Our feet carry us everywhere (or at least carry us to the car or bus or plane that will then carry us to farther distances)! However, many times we forget to check up on them. In recognition of National Foot Health Awareness Month, we came up with a few guidelines to share with you for taking care of your feet:
- Check your feet regularly. Look for injuries, dry cracked skin, peeling skin, changing in skin color, and changes in toenail color or texture. This is especially important for diabetics that may have cuts or scrapes that go unnoticed and can get infected.
- Wash your feet each day, especially if you have hyperhidrosis to contend with, and foot odor too. Clean between the toes, and be sure to dry your feet completely before putting on fresh socks. Don’t re-wear socks. Rotate shoes that you wear each day so that they have time to fully dry.
- Avoid walking barefooted to avoid injury and infection, especially if you are diabetic. Make sure you have clean floors and be wary of small objects as you walk if you do not wear shoes at home.
- Cut toenails straight across, and not too short. Curved, super short toenails can lead to ingrown toenails.
- While nail polish is okay on your feet, wearing them without a break can leave them brittle and prone to fungal infection.
- In the summer: Don’t forget to put sunblock on your feet when you go out in sandals or when you’re swimming in a pool.
- In the winter: Make sure to wear socks, even in cozy fur-lined boots.
- Make sure that your shoes fit well. Your feet should be secure and supported by the structure of the shoes and should not slide around inside the shoes. If you need extra support, you can use orthotic inserts, which you can get, custom-made, through your podiatrist. Periodically check to see if your shoes are worn down, especially your exercise or sports shoes.
- Pay attention to foot pain. It is not normal to have pain in the feet. If pain does not lessen or gets worse, call us and make an appointment.
- Make annual podiatry appointments to have your feet assessed, especially if you have diabetes.
Have you checked your feet lately? Noticed something strange or do you have pain in your feet? Click to make an appointment with us at The Podiatry Group. Our podiatrists, Dr. Mark E. Reiner, Dr. Michael A. Haughey, Dr. William G. Coates, and Dr. Erik D. Rosenlof can perform a thorough assessment at our Jonesboro, AR office to keep your feet healthy.