April is National Foot Health Awareness Month. Here at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, we’d like to focus on three areas every patient can work on to improve podiatric health.
- Greater Awareness—educating patients about foot health issues and helping them learn how to spot problems early on is a goal of our practice. Get in the habit of inspecting your feet on a regular basis. Self-exams to spot changes in skin and toenails, growths, wounds that seem slow to heal, rashes, etc. can help prevent serious foot problems from developing. Report anything concerning to our podiatrists, Dr. Anthony Benenati, Dr. Neil Shaw and Dr. Adam Thompson, so they can examine your feet and determine if treatment is required. The podiatrist will also get a complete medical history when you come in for a visit. This can flag podiatric and systemic conditions that have a genetic component, and the foot doctor will be able to advise you on how to reduce risk factors.
- Better Shoes—perhaps the single, biggest step you can take to protect your feet is buying good quality shoes that fit properly. Shop at the end of the day when feet are their largest and get measured professionally to ensure that you buy the correct size. Look for shoes made of soft, breathable materials. Avoid tight, narrow toe boxes and heels over two inches high. This will help prevent deformities like hammertoes and also reduce the risk of ingrown toenails and corns.
- Healthier Lifestyle—your feet don’t operate separately from the rest of your body. Healthy habits will improve the function of your feet and help head off diseases and disorders that can harm your feet. Don’t smoke (it impedes circulation). Eat a nutritious diet that enables you to maintain a healthy weight. Exercise regularly and get regular checkups.
Better foot health does not have to be difficult. If you have questions about the health of your lower extremities or are experiencing foot pain or discomfort, contact our Macomb (586) 416-3668, St. Clair Shores (586) 779-6140 or Warren (586) 756-3338 office today.