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By Clark Podiatry Center
April 05, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Athlete's Foot   RICE method  

Hello there! Happy April! Since this month is National Foot Health Awareness Month, we’d like to take it back to the basics of general foot care. It’s so easy to ignore caring for our feet until we have pain or an injury. However, regularly maintaining foot health is great for preventing future issues. After all, our feet are essential to our daily lives, giving us stability and mobility.

We encourage you to review the following guidelines for taking care of our feet and make them a part of your daily habits:

  1. Don't ignore foot pain. Assess your feet to see what might be causing the pain. Use the RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) method to control pain and swelling. If the pain continues or gets worse, contact our office.
  2. Inspect your feet regularly. Check your feet for changes in the skin, cuts or scrapes, and any changes in the toenails. Cracked or peeling skin can be an indication of athlete’s foot. Often, cuts or scrapes that have gone unnoticed can mean that there is neuropathy (loss of feeling) in the feet, which can come from being diabetic.
  3. Wash your feet each day, especially between the toes, and be sure to dry them completely before putting on new socks or slippers.
  4. Trim toenails straight across, but not too short as this can lead to ingrown toenails. Diabetics who do not have feeling in their feet should have a podiatrist take care of ingrown toenails.
  5. Make sure that your shoes fit properly. Feet can swell during the day, so the afternoon is the best time to purchase shoes. Make sure you have support in the arches, heel cups, and that your toes are not crowded or slipping around inside the shoes.
  6. Use the right shoes for the activity or sports that you are doing. These shoes are specially developed to give you extra support where you need it.
  7. Rotate the shoes that you wear each day. Air them out and give them a chance to fully dry out, especially if you are prone to hyperhidrosis.
  8. Avoid walking barefooted to avoid injury and infection, especially if you are diabetic. Make sure you have clean floors and be wary of small objects as you walk if you do not wear shoes at home. Don’t forget sunblock on your feet when you go out in sandals.
  9. Be cautious when using home remedies for foot ailments. Self-treatment can often turn a minor problem into a major one.
  10. Contact our office and schedule a check-up at least once a year, especially if you are diabetic.

Wondering about your foot and ankle health? A good place to start is with this Foot and Ankle Self-Assessment Quiz from The Foot Health Foundation of America.

If you haven’t had your annual podiatry appointment yet, make an appointment today at Clark Podiatry Center. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy will assess your feet and ankles to keep you walking. We are located in Clark, NJ and serve patients in all the surrounding Union County towns! 

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