We launched Footcare February to give our readers and patients a series of quick easy to follow tips to keep their feet healthy. Although we love it when you come in for a visit, we want you to know what you can do to minimize risk of health issues with good self care and a few adjustments to your routine.
Our 5 Foot Care Tips
Tip # 1: Keep your feet clean and dry.
Healthy feet start with good self-care. Thoroughly clean and scrub your feet with soap and water when you bathe. Afterward, dry them well. Excess moisture between the toes can create the perfect conditions for a fungal infection to begin.
Tip # 2: Perform a foot self-exam once a week when you take a bath or shower.
Look on the soles for any scaling and between your toes for peeling areas. That could signal athlete’s foot. Also look for discoloration of the nails, which could indicate a nail fungus. If you have diabetes, you should inspect your feet every day since diabetes leads to higher risk of foot sores and infections.
Tip # 3: Cut toenails properly.
Cut nails straight across and avoid trimming too close to the skin or drastically rounding the corners of the nails, which can cause painful, ingrown toenails. If you are unable to do this safely we can help. Maple Park Podiatry offers Home Health Visits for Nail Care.
Tip # 4 : Wear socks that keep feet dry.
Perspiration creates the perfect environment for bacteria to set up shop. Wearing socks that keep feet dry will help your feet stay healthy. Socks made of synthetic fibers tend to wick away moisture faster than cotton or wool socks.
Tip # 5: Protect your feet in public areas.
Be sure to wear shower shoes at the gym, in locker rooms, and at public pools. These places tend to be breeding grounds for fungi that can lead to infections.
Welcome to Maple Park Podiatry’s new resource page. Here current and prospective patients will find easy to understand guides and articles we have created to answer questions about podiatry and foot health. We will also include curated content from trusted online sources with helpful relevant information. Although this page is meant to inform and educate our reader, it is in no way a substitute for a medical consultation and/or diagnosis. Please contact our office directly to make an appointment so that we may address your individual health concerns.