On August 17th we’ll be celebrating National I Love My Feet Day. As you can imagine, that’s a day of recognition that we at Gentle Professional Foot Care wholeheartedly endorse! Too often we take our feet for granted—until there’s a problem and we are not able to enjoy our normal active lifestyle. We’d like to take this opportunity to remind patients of some simple ways to be good to your feet:
Do: get in the habit of periodically inspecting your feet. Look for changes in the shape of your feet, discoloration of the skin or nails, lumps, bruises, and anything that seems unusual. Many patients have been able to catch foot conditions in their very early stages this way. You should report any concerns to our foot doctor, Dr. Charles A. Suleskey, who will then be able to examine your feet and prescribe any necessary treatment to correct foot issues.
Don’t: smoke. Smoking can have a negative impact on your circulation. Your feet are the part of your body that is farthest from the heart and are particularly affected by circulation problems. If you have diabetes or have sustained an injury to the foot good circulation is especially important.
Do: throw away shoes when they are worn out. Wearing shoes that have lost their shape increases the risk of ankle sprains and other injuries as well as chronic foot problems such as flat feet and plantar fasciitis. When you go to buy new shoes be sure to get your foot professionally measured and take the time to choose shoes that fit properly and feel comfortable in all areas.
Don’t: neglect daily foot care. Feet should be cleaned, dried and moisturized every day. Patients that tend to sweat excessively should also use a foot powder. Keep nails trimmed straight across and not too short to prevent ingrown nails from forming.
Do: eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly. Being overweight puts extra strain and pressure on your feet and is a contributing factor to several common foot conditions.