We’re a month into the New Year -- how’s your resolution going? If you vowed to get healthier, we hope you didn’t forget your feet! Daily foot care is important to keep feet healthy, strong, and injury-free, which keeps you on track for your fitness goals! Here are some things to include as part of your quest to be fit, so you can protect your feet all year ‘round and stay healthy from head to toe!
Good Hygiene – keep feet clean and dry, nails trimmed straight and even with the tips of toes, and skin moisturized.
Daily Checks – this is especially important if you have diabetes, but everyone can benefit from looking over their feet each day. It can help you to spot problems early so if you need help, you can get it as soon as possible. Look for anything out of the ordinary, like discoloration of your skin or nails, redness, or swelling.
Familiarity with Symptoms – knowing the signs of trouble will help you identify possible problems. Yellow toenails can mean toenail fungus. A rash between the toes is likely athlete’s foot. A large dark mole with an irregular border or one that is changing is a sign of melanoma. When you see symptoms like these, it’s important to get a correct diagnosis so the proper treatment plan can be promptly put in place.
Choosing the Right Shoes – footwear is key to keeping feet safe. Make sure your shoes fit properly and provide the support you need. Replace worn out shoes, and choose footwear that’s appropriate for the activities in which you participate. Shoes should be made of breathable materials, too, to reduce sweat and avoid fungal infections. Speaking of that – never go barefoot in public places where fungi thrive! This includes locker rooms, saunas, pool decks, and gym showers.
Protection Against the Elements – whenever your feet are exposed to the sun, be sure to apply sunscreen. In colder weather, avoid frostbite by wearing warm socks and boots—just make sure they are moisture-wicking! Before you jump feet first into a bath, test the water temperature with your elbow. Also, wear steel-toed shoes if you work with heavy objects, and wrap injury-prone ankles before you work out.
Getting the Help You Need
If you notice any symptoms, or have any suspicions, concerns, or questions, don’t hesitate to call on us for help! You can reach our Palm Desert, CA office by dialing (760) 568-0108. We will determine your problem and the treatment you need so you can get back to getting healthy!