Tips for Tip Top Foot Health!

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When it comes to foot care, there are some specific things you can do to prevent specific diseases. For general foot health, though, there are some things you can regularly do to maintain healthy feet.

Daily

  • Wash feet with soap and warm water each day to clean the feet of bacterial or fungal growth, which can cause odors and/or infection.

  • Rotate the shoes you wear each day to reduce side effects like foot/shoe odor from bacterial growth.

Weekly

  • Self-foot exam, where you can check for changes in the skin, foot shape (bunions), or new sensations like numbness or heel pain.

  • About 3 times a week, you’ll want to perform at least 30 minutes of exercise, including exercises for the feet! Just be sure not to increase the intensity of your exercise too quickly, or you might develop heel pain in the form of Achilles tendinitis.

  • If you have sore feet, set aside some time to pamper your feet, either with a foot soak, foot rub, or both! Conditions like plantar fasciitis can cause you chronic pain, which can benefit from foot pampering.

Monthly

  • Grooming, such as trimming your toenails. A pedicure can take care of this if you subscribe to that. Just make sure the pedicurist sanitizes the tools, or you’ll be at risk of developing a bacterial or fungal infection.  

Yearly

  • Annual podiatry exam, especially if you have diabetes.  A podiatrist can detect problems before they become worse even if nothing, in particular, seems wrong.

  • Check the condition of your shoes. Depending on the materials that shoes are made of and how often you wear them, you may need to replace the shoes. Some people can benefit from orthotic inserts. For those who have a hard time fitting into typical shoes, you may benefit from custom orthotic shoes.

As soon as you experience foot pain or discover a new change in your feet, you’ll want to make an appointment with our podiatrists at The Podiatry Group. Our foot doctors, Dr. Mark E. Reiner, Dr. Michael A. Haughey, Dr. William G. Coates, and Dr. Erik D. Rosenlof can perform a thorough assessment and prescribe treatments at our Jonesboro, AR office.