By Pedram A. Hendizadeh, DPM, FACFAS
The feet are the foundation to your body and it is important to take good care of them.
Foot health is essential for children, adults and especially the elderly.
Here are some foot health tips to ensure you start out 2023 on the right foot!
-Be sure to clean your feet daily and wear clean dry comfortable socks.
-Inspect your feet regularly and check for corns, calluses, cracking skin, blisters or any red spots.
-Always wear comfortable well fitting shoes. When purchasing shoes try to go towards the middle or the end of the day when your feet are a little bit more swollen.
-Trim your nails appropriately and be sure to prevent any sharp edges that can cause ingrown toenails.
-Keep your weight under control. The heavier you are the more pressure there is on your foot bones, ligaments, tendons, and capsules. There are 52 small bones in your feet and they take up a lot of pressure.
-If you have diabetes or poor circulation, be sure to check in with a podiatrist, every 2 to 3 months.
-Alternate your shoes each day to prevent too much moisture in your shoes. If you do sweat a lot, consider keeping your shoes next to an air vent or use a hairdryer to dry them out. Wet shoes can lead to warts and Fungus.
Be sure to see a Podiatrist if you have any concerns with your feet.