Basic Foot Care Tips for Healthy Feet
Keeping in good health requires constant effort, whether it is through regular exercise or a healthy diet. The same goes for your feet. Regular checkups with your Primary Care physician are essential, as are regular checkups with your podiatrist. While you may be able to detect many foot problems, your podiatrist is best qualified to diagnose any issues, which may arise regarding your feet. Regardless, there are certain things you can do to help.
Tips to follow for healthy feet:
Don’t ignore foot pain – pain or discomfort is a sign that something is wrong. Stop and look.
Trim your nails – keep your nails neatly trimmed to avoid the collection of bacteria or other problems.
Make sure you dry your feet after a shower or bath – not doing so can contribute to athlete’s feet.
Regularly inspect for calluses, corns, blisters, redness, swelling or other unusual changes in your feet – every time you change socks or shoes take a quick look.
Wear properly fitted footwear and socks – this is very important for good foot health.
Alternate shoes – this varies the pressure and lets the older shoes air out reducing bacteria buildup.
Keep your feet soft and smooth – use a good moisturizer. Over the counter medicines are fine.
Maintain a good exercise regimen to keep the blood flowing in your feet – walk, run, play basketball.
If you have diabetes, it is crucial you keep an eye on your sugar level.
Your foot health is up to you. Your podiatrist stands ready to help but needs you to participate and care. Life seems so full these days, stopping to check out our feet may seem trivial, but it isn’t. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of pain!
Do you need some more help and encouragement in caring for your feet or choosing the right shoe? Schedule an appointment with Laurel Podiatry Associates to see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Shawn Echard he can assess your feet to ensure you have the right shoes but also keep your feet healthy. Call us at (724) 832-7880 and see us at our in Greensburg, Somerset & Mount Pleasant, PA offices today!