Blog Post: Proper Foot Care

Proper foot care is an integral part of leading a healthy, happy lifestyle. There are many things that you can do on a daily basis to ensure that your feet never turn into that problem that keeps you from doing the things that you enjoy. These things include:

Examine your feet daily
The first step is always going to be identifying problems before they become serious. This means examining your feet every day, making sure to do it in good lighting conditions. Watch for things like:

• Dry Skin
• Breaks or lesions in the skin
• Calluses or corns
• Inflammation around the toenails
• Blisters or bruises
• Swelling

Identifying any of the items listed above can allow a professional like Feet on the Go to attend to the problems before they become serious. As with anything, the sooner it is caught, the easier it is to treat.

Wash your feet and keep them soft and smooth
Wash your feet every day. Soaking is not recommended as it dries the skin. Make sure to dry them completely afterward, including between the toes. Use a moisturizer on the tops and bottoms of your feet, avoiding applying any in between the toes. Be sure to wear clean dry socks every day. Wear cotton to help absorb moisture and avoid tight elastic tops.  Diabetic socks are specially made without the tight elastic on top and are great for everyone to wear.

Remain active every day
Walking is a great way to improve your circulation, keep fit and avoid cramps. It can help you reduce your risk of blood clots and keeps your muscles strong and healthy. Walking every day can also help improve your balance, preventing falls.

Ensure that you have properly fitting shoes
Improperly fitting shoes are one of the most common causes of foot problems. Purchasing shoes that fit properly is one of the simplest things you can do to avoid these problems.

Kaye Soares, RPN, Feet On The Go