Caring For Your Feet
Life is a journey and not a destination. The average
person will take more than a million steps in his or her lifetime
and if your feet hurt, that journey will seem much
longer! Family Foot Health Specialists has been helping
people make their journey more pain free and enjoyable for
over 40 years and are here to help you on your journey. Foot
pain should not keep you from living a healthy, active
lifestyle and there are several things you can do at home
to help yourself.
1. First and foremost is do not ignore foot pain. It
is not normal. If pain persists, contact our office
2. Inspect your feet regularly. Pay attention to
changes in color and temperature. Look for thick or
discolored nails (a sign of developing fungus) and check for cracks
or cuts in the skin. Peeling or scaling on the soles of the
feet could indicate Athlete's foot. ANY growth on the foot is
not considered normal.
3. Wash your feet regularly, especially between the toes,
and dry them completely.
4. Trim toenails straight across, being careful not to cut
them too short. Do not cut nails on the corners or sides
because this can lead to ingrown toenails. People with
diabetes, poor circulation or heart problems should NOT treat or
cut their own nails because they are more prone to
5. Make sure your shoes fit properly. Replace worn
out shoes as soon as possible. If you are unsure if
your shoes fit properly, call our office today and make an
appointment with our Certified Pedorthist. He can assist you
with all your shoe needs.
6. Select and wear the right shoe for the activity you are
engaged in (i.e. running shoes for running).
7. Avoid walking barefooted. Your feet are more
prone to injury and infection. When you are wearing
sandals or are at the beach or the pool make sure to put
sunscreen on your feet as you would the rest of your body.
8. Be cautious when using home remedies to treat your
foot ailments. Self-treatment can turn a minor problem
into a major one.
9. If you are diabetic, contact our office at least
once a year for a check-up.
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