April 2018 - Tips for Healthy Feet
- Don't ignore feet pain, feet pain is NOT normal and if the pain persists you should see a podiatric physician.
- Wash your feet daily, be sure to clean in between your toes and dry them completely.
- Trim your toe nails regularly, when trimming your nails cut them straight across but not too short. Be careful not to cut the corners or sides, it can lead to ingrown toenails. Patients with diabetes or poor circulation should not treat their own feet because they are more prone to infections.
- Avoid walking barefoot.
- Make sure that your shoes fit properly.
- Don't hide "ugly" toenails with polish. A thick, cracked, discolored or crumbling nail could be a sign of nail fungus. Applying nail polish could make problems worse or cause an infection.
- Use a good moisturizer on your feet but do not apply between the toes. The skin on your feet is increasingly prone to drying out as you age. Dry skin can crack open and potentially become infected, especially in diabetics or those with poor circulation.
- Check your feet regularly, if you are a diabetic you should check your feet daily. Many people don't look at their feet but if they do and see a problem they justtry to hide their feet in a shoe and forget about it. When examining your feet watch for any blisters, redness, swelling, open sores or drainage.