Many people don’t realize that the way they care for their feet can be a major contributor to foot and ankle problems. Issues such as calluses, ingrown toenails, and athlete’s foot can all play a role in causing major discomfort, especially when walking or running.
The following tips will help to ensure that you are properly caring for your feet, preventing any potential medical issues from developing in the future:
- Keep your feet clean. Leaving dirt and bacteria on your feet can cause them to become irritated, often infecting any areas that may be exposed to the dirt and bacteria. This also includes removing any hard spots or callused areas with a pumice stone or a foot file.
- Keep your feet dry. Athlete’s foot typically grows in between the toes, so it is critical to ensure that you are not only cleaning, but also keeping the areas on your feet dry, preventing the germs from Athlete’s Foot from breeding.
- Keep your toenails trimmed. Carefully cutting and keeping your toenails cut straight across, not at an angle, will help to prevent ingrown toenails from occurring.
- Wear clean socks. It is important to change your socks daily, as well as ensure that you are only wearing clean socks. This will help to keep foot odors from becoming a problem.
- Wear the proper shoes. Whether you are working, hiking, or running, it is important to ensure that you are wearing shoes that are appropriate for your activity, as well as shoes that are comfortable and not rough on your feet.
- Keep your feet covered. When using public places, such as the gym, hotel rooms, and swimming pools, it is very important to keep your feet covered in order to prevent your feet from coming into contact with germs and bacteria.
- See a podiatrist when necessary. If you feel that you are experiencing a foot or ankle concern, be sure to visit your podiatrist right away in order to treat your issue immediately.
Foot and Ankle Specialists of Illinois are dedicated to developing a treatment plan to ensure that you have the best foot care possible. Contact us for more information or for help with your foot or ankle needs today.