1. You don’t have to suffer from foot pain. Don’t ignore your feet. If you are experiencing pain contact Advanced Foot and Ankle Center in McKinney and Prosper to be seen for an evaluation.
2. Pay attention to changes in color or temperature on your feet. Look for thick or discolored nails as this may be a sign of toenail fungus. Check for cracks or cuts in your feet as they can be a pathway for bacteria and infection. Peeling skin on the bottom of your feet may indicate Athletes Foot. New moles or freckles that appear abnormal in their shape or color may be a sign of skin cancer. Inspect your feet regularly and be aware of any changes.
3. Wash your feet daily with soap and water. Be sure to clean well between your toes. It is not simply enough to stand in the shower and let the dirty water and soap rinse off of them.
4. Try to trim your toenails strait across and be sure not to cut the nails into the corners as it can lead to an ingrown toenail.
5. Make sure you are wearing a proper fitting shoe. It is best to be fitted by a professional to ensure proper width and length. A good trick if you are unable to be professionally fitted is to have someone trace your footprint on a piece of paper while you are standing. Then any shoe that you have or are purchasing you can simply pull the foot bed insert out of the shoe and be sure it is proper length and width. Do your shoe shopping later in the day when your feet are most swollen from activities throughout the day.
6. Select and wear an appropriate shoe for the activity you are participating in. For example running shoes when running, court shoes when playing tennis, hiking boots when walking hiking trails and uneven terrain.
7. Don’t wear the same pair of shoes every day. Remove the insert and let the shoe fully dry from your daily perspiration before wearing again. This can decrease the chances of catching a fungal infection on the skin or nails of your feet as fungus likes warm, dark, moist environments.
8. Avoid walking barefooted as it will increase the change of injury to the feet.
9. When you wear sandals or are barefoot at the pool don’t forget to apply sunscreen frequently. Your feet are susceptible to skin cancer and UV radiation just as much as the rest of your body.
10. If you are diabetic schedule a foot checkup at least once a year to evaluate your blood flow as well as any sensory deficits you might be unaware of.
Contact Advanced Foot and Ankle Center at 972-542-2155 to discuss any foot or ankle care needs.
Eric Silvers, DPM
Dustin Lloyd, DPM
Christopher Witt, DPM