If you’re like most Americans, you’ve made a few resolutions as we begin 2016. Some are easy to keep – like keeping your house neater – while others are very difficult and require a lot of commitment – for example, quitting smoking or joining a health club.
But here’s one resolution that is easy to accomplish and that will also improve your health and wellbeing – take good care of your feet! After all, your feet are the foundation of your body and take you on miles and miles every day. Here are a few ideas:
Inspect Feet Daily
Check your feet every day for any suspicious rash or fungus or for cuts or sores that are not healing. Look carefully between the toes and use a mirror so you can see your soles. Individuals with diabetes must pay special attention to any foot problems so they don’t worsen and lead to potential amputation.
Practice Good Foot Care Every Day
When you bathe or shower, pay special attention to your feet. Wash feet and toes with a soft washcloth or sponge and warm, soapy water. Dry carefully especially between the toes. While feet are still damp, use a pumice stone to smooth away rough, dry skin. Always apply a rich emollient moisturizer or a balm with shea butter – but not between the toes. Apply petroleum jelly or cuticle cream to moisturize the toenails. Trim the nails straight across – not rounded – at least every week to prevent ingrown toenails.
Invest in Your Feet
Don’t skimp on footwear – instead, select sturdy, supportive shoes and thick socks. Avoid flimsy sandals and flip-flops as they offer little protection for your feet. Don’t wear high heels for extensive periods – instead, keep heels no higher than 2 inches. Shoes should have plenty of room for toe wiggling and heels that don’t slip. It’s a good practice to shop for shoes later in the day when your feet are largest, and be sure to have both feet measured every time you shop. If spending time in the sun, use sunscreen on your feet as well as your body. Warm, waterproof shoes can keep feet cozy in winter weather as can moisture-wicking socks.
Keep Feet and Toes Flexible
Don’t forget to add feet and toe stretching and flexibility exercises to your regular exercise routine. Keeping feet and toes supple can prevent many foot problems
Contact Us for Any Foot and Ankle Problems
Dr. Brandon Macy, board certified podiatrist at Clark Podiatry Center can address any foot and ankle issues you have. Contact us at our Clark office at 732-382-3470 to make an evaluation appointment today or use the contact information at the website. Remember to take good care of your feet in 2016 and they will take good care of you!