You should be giving your hardworking feet a little TLC every day.
Think about how much walking and moving around you do on any given day. Think about the tight, uncomfortable shoes you often put your feet in. It’s no wonder that feet sometimes retaliate after all these years of abuse. If you are wondering what you could do to keep your feet healthy and happy, our Wilmette and North Shore, IL podiatrist Dr. Gary Rogers has some helpful suggestions:
Keep Feet Clean
While this rule of thumb should go without saying, it’s important that you understand how to properly cleanse your feet. You should be washing your feet every day, and we aren’t just talking about letting the water run over your feet in the shower. You actually need to use soap and water to get those feet clean. Make sure to get all areas of your feet, including between toes. After washing your feet, ensure that feet are dried completely to prevent fungal infections.
Trim Those Toenails!
Leaving nails too long can cause them to snag on things and can make wearing shoes uncomfortable. Keep your toenails trimmed regularly to prevent ingrown toenails from happening. Of course, trimming improperly can also lead to ingrown toenails, as well. Don’t trim nails below the tips of your toes (as this can increase your chances of developing an ingrown toenail) and make sure to trim nails straight across rather than at an angle.
Pumice Away Calluses
If you find that all that time spent on your feet has turned them as dry as the Sahara then you may also find that your feet have become cracked or callused. If you have calluses you can pumice them away yourself. After soaking your feet in warm water for up to 10 minutes, use a pumice stone and gently and carefully remove the thick, dead layers of skin. Make sure not to rub too aggressively or too deep, which can lead to an infection. Of course, if pumicing your calluses has you nervous, or if you have diabetes or nerve damage in your feet, then our North Shore foot doctors can do it for you.
Apply a Moisturizer
If your feet aren’t particularly dry you may think that you can just forgo the moisturizer but everyone should apply a moisturizer to their feet once a day. Of course, if your skin is healthy and supple you can often get away with using just a light moisturizer; however, those who are prone to dry, flaking skin will want to consider using a thicker emollient.
If you are experiencing foot pain or other problems with your feet, it’s important that you get the problem checked out right away. Call Wilmette Foot and Ankle Clinic in Wilmette, IL and serving the North Shore.