One thing we may think about after the Valentine’s Day holiday is past is that we tend to spend the most time and attention on the things we love. Spouses, kids, hobbies, sports and exercise often take the top spots for many of us, and all are great things to value. Our health can be one thing that falls lower on the priority list, though—particularly foot health. However, foot care is an important part of loving your body.
Foot health may not seem like the most exciting thing to talk about but keep reading—there are some really important things to know! Healthy feet are going to keep you active and enjoying the things that you love to do. Proper care of your feet will also help ward off pain and injuries that can develop due to neglect. It doesn’t take much effort to develop some foot care habits that will make a big difference in the long run. Many of the conditions that we treat are avoidable. You can prevent blisters, corns, calluses, heel pain, ball of foot pain and tired feet—just to name a few—with some good decision-making.
First, we often ask our patients what they are wearing on their feet. Your shoe choice is critical to your foot health. Poorly fitting shoes can cause deformities to worsen, add stress on your joints and leave you with pain at the end of the day. If you are active, a bad pair of shoes can lead to injury or contribute to a fungal infection. Another thing we encourage is to keep your feet clean, dry, but moisturized. There are many foot problems that can be avoided with these three little habits. Third, make sure your toenails are properly trimmed. An ingrown toenail can become infected and very painful. Lastly, don’t wait to get your feet looked at if you have pain or a problem that isn’t going away. There may be an underlying cause that needs to be treated.
Have you been lacking in the “love” department when it comes to your feet? If you have any pain, problems or concerns about your foot health, contact Dr. Harvey Danciger for help. Call our office in Palm Desert, CA at (760) 568-0108.