It feels like a new beginning, with schools in session and the weather beginning to show signs of autumn.
So now is a great time to make a commitment to taking good care of your feet. Remember, they’re the only feet you’ll ever have and they have to carry you through a lifetime of activities!
Here are a few healthy foot care reminders that are easy to remember and simple to do:
Check your feet every day, especially if you have diabetes. Examine the top, bottom (use a mirror if necessary) and toes to look for anything out of the ordinary – bruise, cut, puncture wound, signs of infection. Patients with diabetes should contact Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM as soon as possible if anything unusual is noted.
Invest in your feet with sturdy footwear made of quality materials. Your shoes – each pair – should fit well and feel good. Remember that your feet can grow as you age, so be sure to have both feet measured each time you shop for shoes. Make sure your toes have ample room to wiggle and are comfortable. Alternate your shoes every day. Your shoes must protect your feet and provide stability to minimize falls.
Wear socks every day to absorb sweat and provide extra cushioning.
Wash your feet every day in warm, soapy water and dry thoroughly – especially between the toes.
Apply a soothing foot cream or lotion daily. Don’t leave excess cream between the toes. Switch to a lanolin ointment base moisturizer if your skin is dry or cracked.
Exercise every day. Aerobic exercise like walking, running, swimming and biking is great for overall health. Do some special foot and toe-specific stretches and exercises to keep joints flexible.
When trimming your toenails, cut them straight across – don’t round the corners to prevent ingrown toenails and don’t cut them shorter than the end of your toe. If you have difficulty cutting your toenails, please come in to visit us and we’ll take care of it for you!
Keep an Eye on your Feet for Trouble
Watch for anything that looks or feels unusual. The most common foot problems are bunions, calluses, corns, fungal infections, hammertoes, heel pain or plantar fasciitis, ingrown toenails, and arthritic conditions including gout. No matter what your age, foot or ankle pain is not normal! We can help – please do not hesitate to come in for a foot exam and consultation.
Let Us Know if You Have any Foot or Ankle Pain
Dr. Alexopoulos, board certified podiatrist can quickly diagnose your foot or ankle problem and move ahead with the right treatment for you. Most treatments and surgeries can be handled right here in our office. Please call our Chicago office at (773) 561-8100 or request an appointment via the website. Sometimes the solution to foot pain is something as simple as switching to more comfortable shoes with a wider toe box! Don’t delay relieving your foot pain – call us today.