The Five Best Ways to Keep your Feet Healthy
For some of us, most of our days are spent standing on our feet. It doesn’t matter if it’s part of our jobs, doing chores around the house, or just spending time with friends and family, too much standing can cause our feet to ache and can lead to several common foot conditions. Whether or not you already have foot problems, taking care of your feet should be your number one priority. Let’s face it, without the use of our feet, we are severely limited in the activities we can take part in. Our experts at Kansas City Foot Specialist put together a helpful list of five tips to help keep your feet in tip-top shape:
Keep Your Feet Clean
Just because the soapy water in the shower travels down your body and washes over your feet doesn’t mean your feet are being properly cleaned. If you really want to keep your feet clean, take a minute or two to scrub your feet. Don’t forget the heels, soles, toes and all those places in between. No special products are needed. Basic soap and water is plenty to get the job done. While you are washing your feet, kill two birds with one stone by checking for any abnormalities like bumps or sore spots. If you happen to find anything unusual, notify your podiatrist.
Keep Your Feet Dry
Once your feet are washed, use a corner of your towel to actually dry your feet. It isn’t healthy for them to just air dry on the bathmat. When you take the time to dry your feet, you reduce the chances of odor, bacteria, and most importantly, any fungal infections (for example, athlete’s foot). Drying your feet is also the perfect time to inspect them for any damage.
Change Your Socks
Any time your feet get wet, sweaty, or dirty, you should be changing into new socks. These socks should be clean and dry no matter the time of the day you are putting them on. Whether it be after a workout or a long walk, it doesn’t matter, you should put on fresh, clean socks. Failure to change into clean socks is an open invitation to bacterial and fungal infections.
Wear Proper Fitting Shoes
Your podiatrist will help you determine which type of shoe is the best for the overall wellbeing of your feet. Your doctor will analyze your arches, the size and shape of your feet, and check to see if you currently have any abnormalities, like bunions or corns. He or she may also examine the way you walk or stand. It’s important to wear shoes that are a little bit snug but not extremely tight. You want to allow plenty of room for your toes to wiggle around. Do your best to avoid loose sandals because they are oftentimes associated with foot and ankle injuries.
Get a Foot Checkup
Just as you receive checkups for the rest of your body, it is important to give your feet some attention as well. Primary care physicians can give you a general exam but it’s not as in-depth as a podiatrist would make it. Your podiatrist will conduct a visual inspection of your feet and ankles, including looking at your skin and toenails. They will also check your feet for unusual bumps, soreness, and other issues below the surface of the skin. During your exam, various topics of conversation will be covered like risk for diabetes and other foot-related health concerns.
If you are experiencing foot pain or any other foot condition, contact Kansas City Foot Specialists at (913) 338-4440 to schedule an appointment. You can also schedule an appointment for your yearly checkup if you would like. Identifying problems early can save the long-term effects of poor foot care.