Problems with your feet can often be the first sign of a more serious medical condition. And if you happen to be in the more “distinguished” crowd, you really need to pay attention to your feet. They may be trying to tell you something!
Symptoms such as burning, tingling, or numbness could signal more serious problems such as arthritis, diabetes, or nerve and circulatory disorders. It’s imperative you schedule an appointment with your podiatrist right away to get these symptoms checked out.
So, if you happen to be a part of the more distinguished crowd, let’s talk about some everyday ways to help you keep your feet healthy.
- Practice good foot care! Check your feet regularly, or have a member of your family check them. This is step #1 in keeping your feet healthy!
- Keep the blood circulating to your feet as much as possible! Put your feet up when you are sitting or lying down, stretch if you’ve had to sit for a long while, go for for a walk, get a foot massage, or take a warm foot bath. These are all good practical ways to keep your circulation moving.
- Wear shoes that fit well. Ill-fitting shoes apply pressure to feet and can contribute to the formation of corns, bunions, calluses, etc.
- Avoid exposing your feet to cold temperatures.
- Don’t sit for long periods of time, especially with your legs crossed.
- Don’t smoke! Smoking decreases blood supply and increases the chance of swelling and other circulatory issues.
- If you have diabetes, visit your podiatrist regularly to get your feet examined. The earlier a foot problem is found, the better the outcome!
So there you have it. Some simple ways to take care of your “distinguished” feet. And really, these are good tips no matter what your age!