Basic Foot Care Guidelines
Some people never really appreciate what their feet do for them every single day—that is, of course, until they stop working the way they should. If you want to stay healthy and maintain a high quality of life at every age, you really need your feet to last you a lifetime. With the entire Coachella Valley being a premier destination for active seniors, anything that keeps you off your feet is doubly tragic here!
If you want your feet to last, though, you’ll need to show them some love. Take care of your feet, and they’ll take care of you. Don’t skimp on these important foot care guidelines!
Daily Hygiene is a Must
Develop a daily routine for keeping your feet clean. Wash your feet thoroughly at least once a day, and make sure you get between the toes. Dry just as thoroughly, and it’s not a bad idea to apply a little moisturizer as well. Inspect your feet daily, checking for bumps, bruises, cuts, swelling, redness, breaks in the skin, or other problems.
Change socks at least once per day (or more, depending on how much you sweat) and rotate between pairs of shoes so that each gets at least 24 hours to fully air out.
Regularly inspecting and cleaning feet is about more than just keeping them from smelling bad (although that’s a big benefit). You can also prevent fungal or bacterial infections such as athlete’s foot or fungal toenails, and detect early warning signs of more serious problems before they get worse.
All right, all right—we know that for special occasions or short periods of time, it’s okay to slip on a pair of somewhat impractical footwear. But the fallout from a life spent mostly in high heels, pointed dress shoes, or flip flops can be severe. Many, if not most common painful foot conditions and deformities (bunions, hammertoes, heel pain, arch pain, neuromas…the list goes on) may either be caused by, or made significantly worse because of, shoes that force your feet or gait into unnatural positions or fail to provide the cushioning and support you need for your activities.
For the vast majority of your day-to-day activities, choose well fitting, well ventilated shoes that offer plenty of wiggle room for the toes, support and cushioning for the arch, and a cozy-but-not-tight spot for the heel. Specific athletic activities (running, basketball, tennis, dance, even golf) often require shoes with special attributes to support and protect your feet as well.
If you need help finding the right fit, talk to use or seek out a specialty shoe store. If you have any existing foot problems or concerns, we also encourage you to talk with us for a fitting for a custom orthotic or recommendation for a specific prefabricated insert.
Almost everybody gets a case of aching heels every now and then. That said, while foot pain may be common, that doesn’t make it “normal.” We really cannot stress that enough.
If your feet are hurting, aching, swelling, or generally making it difficult or impossible for you to get through and enjoy your daily activities, please give us a call. The more proactive you are, the better your odds of a quick and easy recovery, but no matter how long it’s been since you first encountered symptoms, we can help you. From orthotics and medications, to advanced technologies like laser therapy, to surgery—and everything in between—Dr. Harvey Danciger has the experience and tools to restore your feet to their full possible health, and keep them there.
You can request a time to meet with the doctor at our Palm Desert office online by using our contact form. Otherwise, dial 760-568-0108. We look forward to seeing you!