Treat Your Feet the Right Way

 

Our feet, just like the other parts of the body, should never be taken for granted. We tend to overuse our feet but some people do not give it as much  attention as they should. If taking care of your feet is not part of your daily routine, then that should be changed at the soonest possible time. Here are some tips on how to properly take care of your feet:

 

Basic Foot Care

For the basics, you have to wash your feet with mild soap and warm water, instead of hot water and harsh soaps. This should be done not only when you are taking a bath, but whenever your feet have been sweating or dirty Drying should be done thoroughly to make sure that no area is left moist. This prevents fungal infections like athlete’s foot from developing. When you have dry skin, apply lotion on your feet to prevent them from cracking or peeling. It is also a must to regularly trim your toenails straight across with a nail clipper.

 

Examining Your Feet

You should also know your feet well. Examine your feet periodically for any changes in how it looks and feels. If you experience numbness from diabetes or nerve damage in the feet, you should see Sheldon H. Nadal, DPM at the soonest possible time. Look for cuts, scratches, blisters, corns, calluses, plantar warts, ingrown or discoloured toenails, bluish or blackish skin, redness, swelling, warmth and pain. If you notice any of the signs present, you should consult with Sheldon H. Nadal, DPM. Feet problems might be associated to more serious problems. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

 

Dos and Donts

Do wear flat and well-fitting shoes that cover your feet, but don’t go barefoot. When buying new shoes, make sure you break-in your new pair gradually. Do wear cotton or wool socks, and when you are buying new shoes, make sure to wear normal socks. Do not purchase shoes that are too tight or those that have narrow spaces for your toes.

 

Avoid Over-the-Counter Drugs

It’s easy to go online and search for remedies and medications, but it is still safer to consult a professional, before self-medicating. Some over-the-counter drugs might have negative effects when taken with other medications. If you want to avoid more problems in the future, it is best to set up an appointment with Sheldon H. Nadal, DPM.

 

Our feet are important to us. We should do our best to take care of them accordingly.