You put a lot of pressure and use on your feet throughout your life. The average person will walk approximately 100,000 miles in their lifetime so it’s no surprise that foot problems and pain occur in almost everyone. As you grow older your feet begin to show the signs of overuse. Although aging is inevitable, there are ways you can care for your aging feet in order to alleviate painful foot problems. Problems can occur on your feet such as bunions, corns and calluses, fallen arches, tendonitis or plantar fasciitis.
Podiatrist Harvey Danciger strongly suggests incorporating these general foot care tips into your daily routine to meet the needs of your feet. They include:
- Check your feet daily. Don’t wait to pay attention to your feet until they begin to hurt. Spend a couple of minutes each day to look for cuts, sores, redness, swelling, or ingrown and infected toenails. Paying attention to your feet can help catch common problems before they develop into something more serious.
- Wash your feet daily. To prevent bacterial or fungal infection you should wash your feet with warm water thoroughly and pat dry - especially between your toes. Avoid soaking your feet for more than 10 minutes, as this may result in dry or cracked feet.
- Care for toenails and calluses regularly. Keep your toenails cut straight across and never shorter than the end of your toe. For calluses you should use a pumice stone gently while your feet are still wet.
- Keep your feet moisturized. Use lotion or oil on the top and bottoms of your feet if you experience dryness or cracked feet. Avoid applying lotion in between your toes to prevent possible infection.
- Wear the proper footwear. Foot problems can be created, or worsened, from shoes that don’t fit properly or don’t provide enough support. Invest in a proper form of shoe that fits your foot type.
- Wear the proper socks. Be sure to change your socks regularly to keep your feet dry. Avoid wearing socks with ridges or elastic at the tops, as they can irritate or restrict the circulation of blood flow to your feet.
If you notice abnormal foot occurrences, or are experiencing foot pain, contact our office to set up an appointment with Dr. Danciger today! Let us help you keep your feet healthy and fit regardless of your age!