Have you considered a 2016 foot care resolution? The New Year is here and if you haven’t made foot care a high priority before, now may be the time to make some needed changes.
Your feet handle the entire weight of your whole body. This means foot problems can quickly lead to discomfort and they can affect the way you walk and the things you can accomplish. You may know of people who started off with a foot concern only to find out the affect it had on the way they walked caused knee, hip and back pain too. The good news is that your 2016 foot care resolution can change how you view your feet and it can prevent injury and pain as well.
Keep Your Feet Clean
You should make sure you wash your feet often. This means never going to bed with dirty feet. Dirt left on the surface of your feet can become irritated or infected. Make washing your feet with soap and water part of your nightly routine. If you use a public shower or changing facility, make sure you wear protective footgear at all times.
Keep Your Feet Dry
Make sure you keep your feet dry. After washing your feet and anytime your feet get wet make sure you dry them thoroughly. Areas in and around the toes are great places for germs and fungus to breed. Change your socks daily to prevent disease and moisture problems.
Remove Hard Skin
Hard skin and calluses should be removed with a pumice stone or foot file regularly. You can make your 2016 foot care resolution to get a pedicure each month. This is a good way to remove hard skin and get it done professionally.
Properly Trim Your Toe Nails
Your toenails should never be trimmed down the edges or at an angle. Instead, trim your toe nails straight across. This will prevent ingrown toenails.
Wear The Proper Footwear
Make sure you wear comfortable fitting shoes. Avoid large heels and shoes that squeeze the toes. If you are buying new shoes, remember your feet swell during the day. If you buy shoes in the morning, they may not fit your shoe size in the afternoon or evening. If you wear heels at work, try varying the heel size often. If you participate in sports or other athletic activities make sure you wear quality shoes that fit properly.
Avoid Foot Pain
If your feet hurt, there is a problem. Make sure you see your podiatrist if you are experiencing pain in your feet. The right solution will prevent the pain or problem from worsening and will make sure other symptoms don’t develop.
Your 2016 Foot Care Resolution
If you have never thought about your feet too much, don’t worry as you get older, you will. Make this year the year you begin to form good foot habits that will prevent problems later on. If you have questions about caring for your feet or if you’re experiencing problems, call Crown Foot and Ankle today.