Foot Care

 
Because we travel so far on our feet throughout our lifetimes, about 75% of us experience a foot problem. Distance covered, along with ill-fitting shoes, hard floors, fungus, and other issues only increase the chance of further foot issues in the future.
 

Avoiding Common Problems

 
  • Inspect your feet daily
  • Give your feet some sun and air, but avoid exposing them to rain, cold, or excessive sun
  • Avoid walking barefoot
  • Wash feet every day with warm water and bath soap
  • Wear proper fitting shoes – even at home
  • Wear shoes appropriate to the activity or sport in which you participate
  • Alternate shoes instead of wearing the same pair everyday
  • Don't ignore foot or ankle pain
  • Trim toenails straight across, avoid cutting the corners
  • Use home remedies with caution
  • Walk for exercise
 
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Athletic Foot Care

 
 

Exercise Walking Benefits

For those with poor circulation in legs and arms, walking for exercise and increase the size and efficiency of vessels, preventing further issues in the future (including heart attacks!).

On Your Feet

It is important to keep a stable day-to-day walking shoe, while also making sure to wear the correct shoes if you have an existing foot condition. No matter the shoe, it is important that it feels stable to you.

Foot Care for Walking

If you are planning on starting a regular walking regimen, then great foot care must be maintained. Make sure to wear thick socks, have well dried feet, powdering before putting on absorbent, balanced shoes. It is also important to maintain nails.

Additionally, for walking it is best to avoid the over-the-counter remedies for more serious issues like corns or calluses, as this can cause more damage than good. Always see a podiatric physician first!

Hitting the Road

Before you start your walk, make sure to stretch and properly to avoid muscular issues. Additionally, it is important to set goals for your walking. Start by slowly making small walks a habit, adjusting in frequency and length as time moves on.

Fitness Planning

When exercising, listen to what your body and your feet are telling you. If you are feeling pain or discomfort, you might be doing too much too quickly. Give yourself time to slowly improve without causing damage to your feet.

Always remember to see your doctor first before beginning a fitness plan.
 

Suit Up & Shoe Up

When beginning a fitness routine, it is very important to have the proper shoes. Podiatric physicians show that sturdy, well-fitting athletic shoes of the proper size are best. It is important to have shoes that are flexible at the ball of the foot, with cushioning, arch support, and plenty of room for your toes. This can also be assisted with a cushioned sock for reinforcement.

Call us or visit us today so we can recommend the right shoe style for you!

Foot Care & Fitness

When you exercise, you are putting tremendous pressure on your feet. Even without exercise, foot issues can cause problems with your knees, hips, and lower back. Healthy feet are critical to a successful fitness program and exercise routine. There are over 300 different foot ailments, so it is important that you reduce the risk of suffering from them by having the proper shoes and foot care.

The Human Foot

The human foot is complex, containing 26 bones, 33 joints, and a large network of tendons, muscles, and ligaments. To keep this complex human machine running, it is important that you keep your feet healthy for daily pursuits and fitness programs.

Conditions that Impact Exercise

 
  • Athlete's Foot
  • Blisters
     
    • Corns and Calluses
    • Heel Pain
     

    Fitness & Your Podiatrist

    While a Podiatrist's main focus is the feet, they are fully aware of everything that goes into a yearly checkup. Aside from this, foot issues may be signs or symptoms of other issues within the body. Visit us today and we will consult with your primary physician to make sure you are in the best hands possible.
     
     
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    Diabetic Foot Care Instructions

     
     
    • Examine both feet carefully every day for injury such as blisters, cuts, bruises, calluses, or infection.
    • Use a mirror to see your feet or have someone else at home check your feet.
    • Report; injuries promptly to our office.
    • It is important to keep your feet clean. Bathe them daily in warm (NOT HOT) water. Dry carefully, especially between the toes, with facial tissue.
    • To preserve circulation, do not smoke.
    • Wear properly fitted clean socks. Do not use stockings with tight elastic bands.
    • Soft leather shoes are best for daily wear. Shoes should be comfortable at the time of purchase. News shoes should be worn for short periods at first. Check your feet frequently with new shoes.
     
    • Avoid extremes of temperature, either hot or cold. Test water with a thermometer before bathing. Water temperature should not exceed 105 degrees.
    • DO NOT use chemicals on your feet or medicated pads. Also, many home remedies are dangerous!
    • If your feet are cold at night, wear loose wool or cotton socks. Do not apply hot water bottles or heating pads.
    • DO NOT cross your legs while sitting, as this will reduce circulation to one leg.
    • Ask for help if you find it hard to take care of your feet.
    • DO NOT trim calluses or thickened toenails by yourself or by a family member, as this is very dangerous.