The New Year is upon us, and what better resolution than to practice better daily foot care. Usually people forget about their feet until they start feeling pain and only then do they get them checked out (and sometimes not even then!) Instead, make a couple simple changes, take a few minutes out of every day to check your feet, and pamper them a bit. Your feet are meant to last a lifetime, so start taking care of them today!
Practicing good daily foot care isn’t just something people with diabetes need to do. Everyone needs to take care of their feet because this is a part of the body that does so much. Every day we walk, run, stand, and more. Our feet carry our bodies throughout our entire lifetime (not an easy task!) If you want better foot health try making a few small changes to your daily regimen.
- Wear comfortable shoes that fit. Try to avoid sandals and high heels whenever possible. Going shoe shopping should be done at night because your feet are at their largest. Your shoes should fit and feel comfortable immediately with no “breaking in” period necessary.
- Go for a walk. The muscles in your feet need to be stretched every day, and walking is a great way to do that. If you need to wear an orthotic for comfort you can.
- Keep your feet clean and dry. Wash them every day with antibacterial soap. Bacteria and fungus can run rampant if you aren’t careful, and a toenail fungus is the last thing you want to deal with.
- Remember to use moisturizer (not in between your toes, though), if your feet are dry and cracked.
- Inspect your feet daily, especially if you have diabetes. Make sure there are no lumps, bumps, or wounds that you haven’t noticed. If you do notice something get it checked out quickly.
These are a few simple ways in which you can practice better foot care for a healthier you. For more questions call Dr. Peyman Elison and Dr. Viedra Elison at (623) 584-5556 to schedule an appointment at Fixing Feet Institute in Surprise, AZ.