Let’s face it, we are hard on our feet and they take a beating. Our feet carry us through all kinds of conditions in all types of footwear – but how much attention do you pay to foot care?
Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM wishes that everyone paid more attention to their feet. Here are a few pointers so you can put your best foot forward:
- Avoid pointy shoes. They push your big toe against the others, creating bunions. These painful bumps on the bone at the base of your big toe can cause painful swelling and also irritate the skin where it rubs against your shoes. If you choose to wear heels, opt for those with heels under 2″ and a wide toe box, and don’t wear high heels for long periods.
- Check your toe lengths. Is your second toe longer than the big toe? This could cause bunions and hammertoes, where the toes may become permanently bent, and even gait problems. Ask us what type of footwear is best for this condition.
- Be watchful if you have diabetes. Individuals with diabetes should check their feet every day for anything unusual or a sign of injury such as a cut, puncture, bruise or blister. An infection could lead to an ulcer and, if untreated, amputation. Come see us if you notice any problem with your feet.
- Don’t go barefoot in public areas. Fungi love shared, damp areas like pools, locker rooms, spas and showers. Always protect your feet by wearing flip-flops or shower shoes and dry your feet carefully, especially between the toes.
- Get help for toenail fungus. We will use a combination of anti-fungal pills and topical applications to eliminate the fungus and avoid reoccurrence. Prevent fungus by keeping feet dry and changing out of sweaty socks right away.
- Lace up the right way. If your feet feel sore after a workout or if you notice redness and pain on the top of your feet – especially if you have high arches – don’t lace up the 2 middle holes of your sneakers. Instead, loop them up on the sides. You may lose a little stability but will be more comfortable.
- Pay attention to your growing feet. Yes, your feet will grow as you age because your ligaments and tendons lose their elasticity. Measure both feet each time you shop for shoes to avoid problems like blisters, bunions and toe deformities.
Let Us Help with Any Foot, Toe or Ankle Pain
Dr. Alexopoulos, board certified podiatrist has the right experience to diagnose and treat any type of toe, foot, heel or ankle pain. Many treatments and surgeries can be addressed right here in our office. Please call our Chicago office at (773) 561-8100 or request an appointment via the website. You don’t have to live with foot pain – get help fast!