An overview of proper shoe fit
A number of common foot and ankle injuries and abnormalities can be avoided by getting one thing right: proper shoe fit. When shopping for shoes, there are a number of factors to consider. Today we will focus on the overall fit.
Regardless of what type of shoes you are purchasing, try on shoes and have your feet measured in the afternoon as it is common to have mild foot swelling throughout the course of the day. Additionally, if you exercise, your feet may swell as much as a full size during your workout. Your exercise shoes may need to be a size larger than your everyday shoes.
The podiatrists at Kansas City Foot Specialists can help you to determine your shoe size by properly measuring your feet. When having your feet measured, either by one of our podiatrists or at a store, always have your feet measured while standing, and measure both feet. Also, measure both length and width.
At-home preventive foot care for diabetics
Although everyone should take steps to care for their feet, proper foot care is especially important for those with diabetes. Diabetes dramatically increases a person’s risk of foot-related health complications. For those with diabetes, foot problems are often the first sign of additional health problems to come.
Inspecting your feet at home on a regular basis is a great first step towards caring for your feet, and it is especially important for those with diabetes to have an annual examination with a primary care doctor or podiatrist.
Corns, calluses, bunions
A variety of bumps and lumps can occur on the feet, but what are they and what can be done about them? Of these, corns, calluses, and bunions are among the most common. Those with diabetes or circulation disorders should have their feet examined regularly by a podiatrist for these and other disorders.
What are corns, calluses, and bunions?
Corns and calluses
Thickened patches of skin, with a rough, dull appearance, are known as corns and calluses. Corns and calluses are the same thing but in different areas of the foot. Thickening on the bottom of the foot is a callus, while thickening on the top of the foot or toe is a corn. They become painful when too thick.
Five ways to keep your feet healthy
Most of us spend a significant part of our day on our feet whether as part of our jobs, doing chores at home, or going out with friends and family. As a result, our feet take a beating. Whether you have foot problems or not, taking care of your feet should play an important part in your daily routine.
Here are five tips to help keep your feet in tip-top shape:
- Keep your feet clean. It’s not enough just to stand in the shower, wash your body, and hope the water and soap will trickle down to your feet and toes. For healthy feet, be sure to take a minute or two to scrub your feet, heels, soles, toes, and in between. Basic soap and water are plenty to get the job done. While washing your feet, also feel for any abnormalities like bumps and lumps or sore spots. Bring these to the attention of your podiatrist.