6 Ways To Take Better Care of Your Feet

What enables you to stand, walk, run, jump and squat? Your feet, that’s what! At Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, we want to help patients take good care of their feet and ankles to ensure an active and pain-free lifestyle. Below are six steps you can take to protect and improve the health of your feet.

  1. Inspect your feet regularly. Look for changes in skin or nail color, bruises, rashes, growths or toes that appear to be moving out of place. Most podiatric conditions have better treatment outcomes if caught in their early stages. Report anything unusual to our podiatrists Dr. Anthony Benenati, Dr. Neil Shaw, and Dr. Adam Thompson.
  2. Establish a good foot hygiene routine. This includes washing your feet daily and drying them completely (especially between the toes). Use a foot powder in the morning before putting on your socks. Apply a moisturizer at night if the skin on your feet or heels is dry.
  3. Take care of toenails. Keep nails trimmed straight across and not too short. Never cut or file toenail edges in a rounded shape because this can lead to ingrown toenails. File ragged edges promptly to avoid injury.
  4. Choose shoes wisely. Make sure you purchase good quality shoes that are designed to provide support and protection for your feet. Get your feet professionally measured periodically as foot size can change as you age. Replace shoes when they are worn out. Limit heel height to two inches or less and avoid styles with narrow toe boxes. This can help lower your risk for bunions and hammertoes.
  5. No bathroom surgeries! Leave the removal of warts, calluses, and corns to the podiatrist. Don’t try old folk remedies for treating ingrown toenails and other conditions. These can cause harm to your feet and increase your risk of infection. This is particularly important if you have diabetes, poor circulation or another condition that makes you prone to infection.
  6. Never ignore foot pain. It is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. Make an appointment at our Macomb (586) 416-3668, St. Clair Shores (586) 779-6140 or Warren (586) 756-3338 office to get foot pain evaluated promptly.

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