Footcare Tips

Follow these helpful suggestions for healthy, happy feet:
  • Don't ignore foot pain--it's not normal. If the pain persists, see a podiatric physician.
  • Inspect your feet regularly. Pay attention to changes in color and temperature of your feet. Look for thick or discolored nails (a sign of developing fungus), and check for cracks or cuts in the skin. Peeling or scaling on the soles of feet could indicate athlete*s foot. Any growth on the foot is not considered normal.
  • Wash your feet regularly, especially between the toes, and be sure to dry them completely.
  • Trim toenails straight across, but not too short. Be careful not to cut nails in corners or on the sides; it can lead to ingrown toenails. Persons with diabetes, poor circulation or heart problems should not treat their own feet because they are more prone to infection.
  • Make sure that your shoes fit properly. Purchase new shoes later in the day when feet tend to be at their largest and replace worn out shoes as soon as possible.
  • Select and wear the right shoe for the activity that you are engaged in (i.e. running shoes for running).
  • Alternate shoes--don't wear the same pair of shoes every day.
  • Avoid walking barefooted--your feet will be more prone to injury and infection. At the beach or when wearing sandals always use sunblock on your feet as the rest of your body.
  • Be cautious when using home remedies for foot ailments; self-treatment can often turn a minor problem into a major one.
Some people's feet sweat more than others, and are more prone to athlete's foot. These tips may help:
  • Wear shoes made of leather or canvas, not synthetics. Sandals are good.
  • Switch shoes from day to day.
  • Use foot powder.
  • See your doctor if severe problems persist.
If you are diabetic, proper footcare is essential:
  • Take care of your diabetes.
  • Check your feet every day.
  • Wash your feet every day.
  • Keep the skin soft and smooth.
  • Trim your toenails each week or when needed.
  • Wear shoes and socks at all times.
  • Protect your feet from hot and cold.
  • Keep the blood flowing to your feet.
  • See a podiatric physician at least once a year for a check-up.