Ten Tips for Better Foot Care
weather approaching and people kicking of their boots and putting on
their sandals, we are reminded how important foot care can be to our
disorders and disabilities of the foot or ankle affect the quality of
life and mobility of millions of people. However, the general public
and even many physicians are unaware of the important relationship
between foot health and overall health and well-being.
The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) has offered 10 tips to help keep feet healthy.
1. Don’t ignore foot pain; it’s not normal. If the pain persists, see a podiatric physician.
your feet regularly. Pay attention to changes in color and temperature
of your feet. Look for thick or discolored nails (a sign of developing
fungus), and check for cracks or cuts in the skin. Peeling or scaling
on the soles of feet could indicate athlete’s foot. Any growth on
the foot is not considered normal.
3. Wash your feet regularly, especially between the toes, and be sure to dry them completely.
toenails straight across, but not too short. Be careful not to cut
nails in corners or on the sides; it can lead to ingrown toenails.
People with diabetes, poor circulation or heart problems should not
treat their own feet because they are more prone to infection.
5. Make sure
your shoes fit properly. Purchase new shoes later in the day, when feet
tend to be at their largest, and replace worn-out shoes as soon as
6. Select and wear the correct shoe for the activity that you are engaged in (i.e., running shoes for running).
7. Alternate shoes — don’t wear the same pair of shoes every day.
walking barefooted — your feet will be more prone to injury and
infection. At the beach or when wearing sandals always use sunblock on
your feet, as well as the rest of your body.
9. Be cautious when using home remedies for foot ailments; self-treatment can often turn a minor problem into a major one.
10. If you are a person with diabetes, it is vital you see a podiatric physician at least once a year for a check-up.