This week we will be celebrating “I Love My Feet Day” and at Gentle Professional Foot Care we can think of several ways you can show your feet that you care:
Follow a Foot Care Regimen—taking good care of your feet should be a daily practice. A few foot care basics that can help prevent common foot problems include:
- Washing your feet daily with warm, soapy water. This will greatly lower the chances of bacterial and viral infections such as athlete’s foot and warts.
- Keeping feet dry. Be sure to completely towel dry your feet after showering, paying particular attention to the spaces between your toes. This is often the starting point of athlete’s foot. Change your socks as soon as you notice they are damp and use a foot powder if your feet tend to sweat profusely.
- Staying hydrated. Keeping your feet moisturized (especially around the heel area) will prevent dry skin from becoming cracked and painful. Use a rich, emollient lotion at night before tucking feet into bed and be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day.
Schedule Self-Exams—in addition to regular checkups with our podiatrist Dr. Charles A. Suleskey, it’s important that you conduct your own self-exams on your feet and ankles. Look for changes in color, rashes, cuts, bruises, swelling or shifts in toe position and report anything unusual to our Venice office promptly. This is particularly important for patients with diabetes.
Spend Less Time Barefoot—going barefoot significantly increases the risk of injuries, cuts and fungal infections. Keep feet covered as much as possible, even when you are inside at home.
Buy Good Shoes—wearing supportive shoes that fit properly are one of the biggest steps you can take in proactive foot care. Shoes that provide arch support can help prevent heel pain and conditions such as plantar fasciitis. Avoiding shoes that cramp your toes (such as those with heels higher than 2 inches and ones with narrow, pointy toe boxes) can decrease the chances of bunions, hammertoes and ingrown toenails.
Looking for more ways to show your feet some loving? Contact us by calling: (941) 493-7999 and we can answer any questions you might have on how to properly care for your feet.