Keeping Your Feet in Fine Fettle
By Dr. Rion Berg
March 07, 2014
Tags: diabetes   orthotics   toenail fungus  

Every morning you know what you need to do to keep your body clean and healthy. You get up, take a shower, brush your teeth, take your vitamins, and eat a healthy breakfast. But what about your feet? To keep your feet in fine fettle it’s also vitally important to pay attention to them with the same care as you do the rest of your body. In addition to washing your piggies in the shower, the Institute for Preventive Foot Health also recommends 3 steps to add to your daily foot care routine.

Daily Foot Care

  • Wash and dry your feet and toes, especially between your digits.
  • Be sure your shoes fit. Wear orthotics and special socks to relief pressure from your feet if recommended by your podiatrist.
    • Shoes should have non-slip soles to prevent falls
    • Padded socks have been shown to protect against injuries to the skin and soft tissue of the foot.
  • Change your socks daily; people who are active and sweat may need to change them more frequently (try socks that wick away moisture if you fall into the latter categories)
  • Avoid wearing the same pair of shoes each day-- it's important to let your shoes dry out  particularly if you sweat heavily
  • Wear flip flops or other shoe gear in public showers to avoid toenail fungus and other infections

Toenail Care

  • Trim your toenails straight across every 2 weeks; if you can’t reach your feet, can't see well, or if you have diabetes—see your podiatrist.
  • Sterilize your nail clippers periodically by putting them in alcohol
  • See your podiatrist if your nails have changed color. This could indicate an underlying medical condition such as onychomycosis or fungal toenails.

Daily Foot Inspection

  • Check your feet regularly for bumps, blisters, and bruising
  • Check for cuts, sores, and cracked skin—sores and cracks can become infected
  • Temperature differences can indicate decreased blood flow
  • Pain and tingling which can be signs of neuropathy
  • Pain and redness where the nail meets the toe can indicate an ingrown toenail

If you don’t know what’s causing the pain, call us at the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City so we can identify the cause and start your feet on a better road to health. We can be reached at 206-368-7000 or request an appointment online.