Here at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, we want our patients to understand that good foot health is important at all times—even in the middle of a pandemic. That’s why we’re offering telemedicine services and office visits as needed to our Macomb County patients. Not ignoring foot and ankle pain is one very significant way that you can take good care of your feet. Most conditions are best and most easily treated in their early stages. Contact our St. Clair Shores (586) 779-6140 office to speak with our caring staff, who will help determine if a telemedicine appointment is right for you.
In addition to seeking care promptly for podiatric problems, here are three other ways to improve the health of your feet.
- Wear shoes that fit properly or worn out. If you’re running out of things to do while stuck at home, consider auditing your shoe wardrobe. Look for signs of wear: stretched out heel counters, shoes that have lost their structure (hint: if you can bend them in half it’s time to toss them), insoles that are compacted and soles that are worn down. Make a list of shoes that need to be replaced. When it’s safe to resume shoe shopping, get your feet professionally measured before purchasing new shoes. More people than you would expect are wearing shoes that are too small for their feet.
- Practice good podiatric hygiene. A consistent but simple routine will go a long way to protecting your feet from bacterial, viral, and fungal infections. Wash feet daily with soap and water and be sure to dry completely, especially between your toes—that’s where athlete’s foot often starts. Apply foot powder before you put socks on if your feet tend to sweat excessively. Keep an extra pair of socks with you and change as soon as you notice your feet feel damp. Use a rich, moisturizing cream or lotion at night before bed to keep feet hydrated and prevent flaking skin and cracks.
- Make healthy lifestyle choices. Exercise keeps feet flexible and helps you maintain an appropriate weight. Many foot disorders are linked to obesity. Even during self-isolation, make sure you walk, do fitness videos, or find other ways to be physically active. Don’t smoke—it impedes circulation. Eat a well-balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables to ensure that your feet (and the rest of your body) get a healthy variety of vitamins, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory compounds.
If you have any questions about the health of your feet, please contact us.