The new year is a great time to do an inventory of your life in order to lose bad habits and add new ones!
Here’s a simple and healthy habit to add your life: take care of your feet!
People often do not pay attention to their feet until there is a problem—this is not a good idea! Being proactive can save you a lot of problems, pain, and money.
Here are 10 easy things you can do to take care of your feet in 2014.
1. Pay attention to your feet every day.
- If you have pain in your feet, pay attention! Pain is not normal. It’s a sign that something is wrong. Also, check your feet for cuts, sores, red spots, swelling, and infected toenails.
- Wash your feet in warm, not hot, water. Clean feet are a good thing!
- Rub a thin coat of lotion or cream on the tops and bottoms of your feet. This helps alleviate dry skin.
- Use a pumice stone to smooth corns and calluses after bathing or showering. Rub gently, only in one direction, to avoid tearing the skin.
- Do not cut corns and calluses and or use razor blades to remove them! This can cause more harm than good. It can damage your skin and cause an infection.
- Trim your toenails with nail clippers after you wash and dry your feet.
- Trim your toenails straight across and smooth the corners with an emery board or nail file. This prevents the nails from growing into the skin. Do not cut into the corners of the toenail.
- Wear shoes and socks at all times, even indoors! It is easy to step on something and hurt your feet. And be sure to wear shoes that fit well and protect your feet.
- Wear shoes at the beach and on hot pavement. You may burn your feet, especially in Florida!
- Put sunscreen on the top of your feet to prevent sunburn.
- Keep your feet away from heaters and open fires. (not too hard to do in Florida 🙂 )
- Put your feet up when you are sitting.
- Do not cross your legs for long periods of time.
- Do not wear tight socks or elastic around your legs.
- Do not smoke. This interferes with healthy circulation and can cause a host of other problems.
- Being active improves blood flow to the feet. Move more by walking, dancing, swimming, or going bike riding! Just get moving…it’s good for you!
- Be sure to get your feet checked out regularly, especially if you are a diabetic! Getting your feet examined by a podiatrist will help prevent future foot problems and maintain healthy feet. It likes I always say: Take care of your feet, and they will take care of you!
Here’s to a happy and healthy new year and feet!
If you are noticing anything unusual with your feet or are experiencing ankle or heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, or Dr. Goecker for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office at (941) 753-9599 or our Sarasota Podiatry office at (941) 366-2627.
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