Make Everyday Foot Care A Priority
Our feet are important in our everyday lives. The problem is that we tend to neglect them. When this becomes a habit, it can cause significant trouble. Ignoring foot problems can mean pain, limited mobility, and expensive doctor's visits. On the other hand, if feet are cared for and looked after regularly, they will perform without pain or complication.
Routine hygiene is the most basic way to care for the feet. Try to make foot cleaning and maintenance a daily habit. Wash and dry them thoroughly daily. Remember to get between the toes and keep the toenails trimmed and short. If the feet feel dry or there are signs of dryness or cracking, use a moisturizer designed for the feet.
When using moisturizer on the feet, try to avoid applying between the toes. If cream or lotion sits too long it can cause fungal and bacterial growth. When moisturizer is used between the toes it can also cause the skin to soften too much. Ask your podiatrist what type of moisturizer they recommend.
The best thing to remember in every day foot care is that shoes do make a difference. If you spend a lot of time on your feet, make sure that your shoes show no signs of wear. Shoes should offer ample support for the arches and the overall foot.When one is picking out shoes, make sure they are the correct size. Shoes need to be snug, but not too tight. On the other hand, if shoes are too loose they can cause foot problems as well.
Wearing proper shoes is especially important if you are diabetic. Some of the foot problems associated with diabetes can be exacerbated by walking around barefoot or by not wearing shoes that give you the support and protection that you need. It is also recommended to wear white socks when you have diabetes in order to more easily see if you have an ulcer on the foot or ankle that needs immediate attention.
Socks should also be worn daily with closed-toe shoes. They may feel hot during the summer months, but they absorb sweat and moisture off the feet. Without socks, the build-up of sweat in a closed-toe shoe can cause fungal problems and athlete's foot.
If you keep these things in mind, your feet will stay healthy and safe. The doctors at Eugene Podiatry Associates can help you further understand how to best care for your feet. They can also give advice on proper footwear for your foot type and lifestyle. Give Eugene Podiatry Associates a call today!