We can all do a better job of taking care of our feet. Day to day, our feet help us get to work or school, travel, play sports or walk to the mailbox. As 2019 comes to a close, Dr. Brandon A. Macy of Clark Podiatry Center is sharing advice on things that you can do now to enter 2020 with happy and healthy feet. It’s not too late — you still have time.
Start healthy habits now
One of those healthy habits includes looking at and washing your feet daily. Your feet are often overlooked, but changes such as pain and inflammation can reveal many things about your overall health. Choose a time of day that you will use to inspect your feet and make it a routine. Taking notice and responding to changes in your feet can make a big difference with your diagnosis and treatment options.
Visit a podiatrist
Even if you schedule an appointment for the new year, it’s still a great idea to contact a podiatrist. A podiatrist is trained to help with your foot and ankle needs, so it’s best to have one on your team. After your first visit, schedule regular appointments. We’re not here only for foot emergencies; we want to help with maintenance and prevention.
If you need help, we would love to provide resources. Smoking impacts your blood circulation and increases your chances of peripheral arterial disease. If you have diabetes, this lifestyle makes your condition even more dangerous. Remember, second-hand smoking can affect your family, friends, and co-workers, too.
There’s no need to wait until 2020 to make changes that can improve the health of your feet. If you have questions about any of these tips, or if you’d like to learn more, schedule an appointment with Clark Podiatry Center by calling 732-382-3470. Dr. Brandon A. Macy is a board-certified podiatrist. New Jersey’s Children’s Foot Health Institute is a part of the Clark Podiatry Center, too. Visit us at our Clark, New Jersey office.