Foot Care Myths

Growing up, we’ve all been told stories to keep us out of trouble. Whether or not they were true is another story.  As children, we may have been told not to cross our eyes because they’ll get stuck, or, that cracking your knuckles will cause arthritis. When it comes to your feet, there are also some myths regarding your foot care that our foot doctors Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, DPM would like you to be aware of.

  1. Corns have roots: while they don’t have roots, they do have a small buildup of thick skin.
  2. Cutting a notch in an ingrown toenail eases the pain: this actually does nothing and may cause more pain. A simple surgical procedure will fix an ingrown toenail.
  3. Your foot can’t be broken or sprained if you can walk on it: one's ability to walk on a broken limb is tested by how much pain they can endure. This isn’t a smart idea, though, because this can cause more damage.
  4. It’s normal to experience foot pain as you age: it’s not normal to experience pain. If you are experiencing any type of pain, schedule an appointment today. 
  5. Flip-Flops are good for your feet: they actually don’t offer any support
  6. Cutting your toenails by following the natural curve of your toe is the correct way to trim your nails: this can actually cause ingrown toenails. Instead, cut straight across and don’t curve the edges.
  7. Soaking your feet in vinegar gets rid of fungus: vinegar can’t get underneath the layers of nail. Come see us the next time you want to pull out a bottle of vinegar.
  8. Antibiotics make ingrown nails disappear: if you are being prescribed antibiotics, it is to clear away existing infections. If you have an ingrown nail, come see our doctors.
  9. Athlete’s Foot is not contagious: this disease is highly contagious and will easily spread. Be sure to keep your bath clean, as well as your socks and feet.

While it’s courageous to self-medicate or seek Google for help on curing problem areas on your feet, reach out to Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers in any of our three locations in Macomb County: St. Clair Shores, Warren and Macomb to make an appointment. Call 586-779-6140 and make an appointment with Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM or Adam Thompson, DPM.

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