Your feet work hard for you, and taking care of them is essential for overall health. But feet are often the last thing we think about when assessing our health. It’s time we all start paying more attention, and providing some common sense care, to our feet.
Think about it! Feet are amazing. They support the entire body and allow us to enjoy an active and very mobile lifestyle. Taking care of your feet will take you places.
Here are some of our recommendations on how to best care for your feet.
- Wash your feet. Feet get dirty. Think of all the places they go. Wash your feet daily to remove all the dirt and bacteria that can build up. After washing, make sure you dry them completely, especially between the toes where fungus can develop.
- Moisturize your feet. All the daily pressure and wear put on your feet can cause dry, cracked, or scaly skin. A good moisturizer will help keep your keep your skin softer and healthier. Keep moisturizer to a minimum between your toes.
- Walk. Exercise. Be more active. The muscles in your feet need exercise to stay strong. The more you exercise your feet, the better the blood flow is to your feet. This contributes to overall foot health. A simple walk is often the best exercise for your feet.
- Wear comfortable, well-fitted shoes. Good quality shoes that fit well are key to avoiding foot pain, blisters, calluses, sore heels, and other problems. Selecting shoes that breath well is also essential in helping combat food odor. Rotating shoes daily also helps your shoes dry out before the next wear.
- Wear clean socks. Your feet produce more sweat than any other part of your body. Clean socks absorb moisture and keep it away from you feet. Socks also protect your feet from excess wear and tear.
- Trim your toenails properly. You should trim your toenails every few weeks to keep them strong and healthy. Trim the nail straight across to avoid ingrown toenails
- Watch your weight. Your feet carry the entire weight of your body. Excess weight puts extra stress on your feet. Keeping to your ideal body weight is better for your feet and your overall health.
- Examine your feet regularly. Make a habit of checking your feet for problems such as cuts, bruises, sores, or swelling. If a problem doesn’t heal within a few days, consult your primary care provider. Regular feet inspections are especially important if you have diabetes.
If you experience any type of foot or ankle pain or numbness, our experienced podiatry team is available to diagnose and treat your condition and return you to foot health. Most foot problems are treatable. Untreated foot problems, however, can worsen and interfere with basic daily activities.
Our podiatry team specializes in non-surgical and surgical care of the foot and ankle. We also focus on diabetic foot care, sports injuries, and wound care. We are certified wound specialists.
Good foot care is an important part of your healthcare. Weeks Medical Center is committed to providing the highest quality podiatry care and support for you and your family. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 603-788-5095.
by Hal Goolman, DPM; W. Kemp Schanlaber, DPM; and Tara Soraghan, DPM