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Tips For Keeping Your Feet Healthy
We’re ringing in the new year and one easy-to-keep resolution is to take good care of your feet. There are several simple things you can do. Here are some suggestions from your Southwest Houston, TX, Foot Doctors!
Wear Proper Fitting Shoes
This seems obvious, but many of us wear ill-fitting shoes that are too tight or too loose, either of which which could lead to foot problems later on. Make sure you have enough room for your toes to move freely, but also that your heel and foot are well-supported. You should consider shopping for shoes at the end of the day to compensate for foot swelling that tends to occur later in the day. Choose a rounded shoe with plenty of room for your toes and a wide, stable heel. Pointy shoes might look cute, but they can cramp your toes and cause painful ingrown toenails and calluses. When possible, wear shoes made of leather to allow your feet to breathe better.
Keep Your Feet Clean and Dry
Make sure you clean and scrub your feet with soap and water when you bathe, and be sure to dry them thoroughly. It’s a good idea to dry each toe individually, since excess moisture between toes can make a fertile breeding ground for fungus.
Sweaty feet can also lead to fungus. There are 250,000 sweat glands in each foot, and using powder can help prevent overly perspired feet that might welcome bacterial growth. Wearing socks that keep feet dry will help your feet stay healthy. Socks made of synthetic fibers fend off moisture better than cotton or wool socks.
People who don’t wear socks, like women in heels, might be more susceptible to stress fractures since socks help absorb pressure on the feet over time. Socks can help keep your feet dry and offer them better support. Don’t keep socks for too long – if they start wearing down or have holes, they need to depart from your collection. Your feet will thank you!
Trim Your Nails Properly
Trim your nails straight across with toenail or manicure clippers. The nails should not be too short and should reach the tip of each toe. It’s best to trim your toenails when they are clean and dry. Any jagged edges left over? You can file them off with an emery board!
For more tips on treating your feet, please visit your local Southwest Houston, TX, podiatrists. Visit us or call us today for an appointment!
This information is not meant as medical advice. It is provided solely for education. Our Southwest Houston, TX podiatry center would be pleased to discuss your unique circumstances and needs as they relate to these topics.
The Foot Pros at Foot & Ankle Associates treat all medical and surgical foot pain and ankle pain conditions, including corns and calluses. Licensed Sugar Land, TX, Podiatrist Dr. Marco Vargas can help bring you foot pain and ankle pain relief.