How to take care of your feet in everyday life

There are lots of foot problems that can be prevented by simply following basic foot care guidelines. Taking proper care of your feet does not have to be challenging; make it easy by reviewing these tips once every couple of weeks.

1. Foot pain is never normal. If you find yourself experiencing chronic pain in your foot or ankle, please do not hesitate to call our office and set up an appointment with Dr. Danciger. Visit our When to Call a Doctor page if you're unsure whether or not to contact a Dr. Danciger.

2. Make a habit of examining your feet on a regular basis. You could pick a day of the week that you always remember to check your feet.

A couple things to look for in an examination:

  • Changes in color and temperature.
  • Thick or discolored nails (a sign of developing fungus).
  • Cracks or cuts in the skin.
  • Peeling or scaling on the soles of feet may indicate Athlete's Foot.
  • Any growth on the foot is not considered normal.

3. Keep your feet clean and dry whenever possible. It's also a good idea to soak your feet in warm, soapy water every few weeks, not for longer than 10 minutes. (This may not apply to diabetic patients).

4. Trim toenails straight across, but not too short. Be careful not to cut nails in corners or on the sides; this can lead to ingrown toenails. Persons with diabetes, poor circulation, or heart problems should not treat their own feet, because they are more prone to infection.

5. Wear properly-fitted shoes. Many problems arise from poor footwear. Shoes should have plenty of room for toes to move around and have appropriate support for each individual's foot type. Purchase new shoes later in the day when feet tend to be at their largest, and replace worn out shoes as soon as possible.

7. Select and wear the right shoe for each sport or activity that you are engaged in (e.g., running shoes).

8. Alternate shoes—don't wear the same pair of shoes every day.

9. Try to always wear something on your feet. Walking barefoot makes your feet more vulnerable to injury and infection. When in the sun and wearing sandals, try to always put sunblock on your feet to prevent burns and blisters.

10. Be cautious when using home remedies for foot ailments. Self-treatment may turn a minor problem into a major one. If you have a foot problem or injury, see Dr. Danciger first.

11. If you are a diabetic, please contact our office and schedule a check-up at least once a year.

If you have any questions regarding your foot health, or are struggling with a painful condition, contact us today. Call our office at (760) 568-0108 or request an appointment online.

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