Is Your Christmas List Finished?

After months of cooking, shopping, and planning, the holidays have come and now they are gone for another year. How did your loved ones do on your Christmas list? Did you get everything you wanted? Or did you get another drawers-worth of socks?

If you didn't get everything you dreamed of, it's okay. It's the thought that counts. But that doesn't mean that you can't have the left over things on your list, especially if those things are good for your feet. As a doctor, I'm justifying your purchase of that pair of shoes no one bothered to get you, or those inserts that help support your struggling arches. Is it worth waiting for your feet to get healthy?

If you know that you have unhealthy feet, here are some things to remind yourself to do in the upcoming year to ensure foot health:

1. Examine your feet regularly. Look for changes in color, texture, and temperature. Also any growth on the foot is not normal. Make to treat cuts or scrapes with disinfectant and bandages if necessary.

2. Clip toenails straight across. Aside from your inherited foot structure, poor trimming habits are the main cause of ingrown toenails.

3. Choose shoes for your feet. Lots of times we choose our shoes because of style. Do not compromise proper fit and support for style. Shoes come and go, but you're stuck with your feet. Also, when purchasing shoes do it in the middle of the day when your feet are the biggest.

4. Always be wearing something on your feet. Walking around barefoot makes your feet vulnerable to fungus, bacterial infections, cuts, and injuries.

Dr. Harvey Danciger
Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle
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