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 today.

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 infection.

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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