April was National Foot Health Awareness Month and here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we think it’s a great time to teach you some hot tips on how to tend to your feet. Your feet are one of the most important parts of your body and neglecting them can create preventable pain and hardships.
Start your spring off right by following these easy foot care tips:
- Wash your feet daily with warm water and soap. Make sure you dry them well – especially the crevices between your toes to avoid fungus.
- Always cover your feet in public areas. If you’re in a locker room or walking around a public pool, wear shower shoes to avoid bacteria and fungus that thrive in those environments.
- Give your feet a thorough check weekly. Look for any changes or any issues arising. This is especially important for our diabetic patients, as foot sores and infections occur more frequently and can lead to much worse infections or complications.
- Change your socks if they become damp. Moist environments can play host to fungi and bacteria. Wicking socks can help keep your feet drier longer throughout the day.
- Make sure your shoes fit properly. Improperly fitting shoes are the root of a lot of foot problems. Get a professional to measure your feet every time, and choose a comfortable shoe that fits right. Avoid high heels or shoes that squeeze your toes together. These can exacerbate bunions or cause ingrown toenails.
- Trim your toenails regularly and straight across with clippers to avoid ingrown toenails.
- Keep a close relationship with your podiatrist. The doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers have years of training to diagnose and treat any issues that arise with your feet or ankles.
If you’ve never seen a podiatrist, now is a great time to make your first appointment. If you’re experiencing any foot or ankle problems, our doctors can help to get to the bottom of the issue and get you on your way to healthy feet. Click here to schedule an appointment or call one of our six conveniently located Connecticut offices today!