Basic Foot Care Guidlines

1. Foot pain is not normal so don’t ignore it! If the pain persists, please contact our office.

2. Frequently inspect your feet for color and temperature changes. Thick or discolored toe nails are a warning sign of a developing fungus. Be attentive to cuts or cracks in the skin as well as peeling or scaling on the soles of the feet. This could be an indication of Athlete’s Foot. Please keep in mind that any growth on the foot is considered abnormal.

3. Thoroughly clean and dry your feet, especially between the toes.

4. Trim toenails straight across, but be careful not to cut them too short. Cutting nails in corners or on the sides can lead to ingrown toenails, so please be discreet. Persons with diabetes, poor circulation, or heart problems should not treat their own feet because they are more prone to infection.

5. It is extremely important to make sure that your shoes fit properly. Feet tend to be at their largest later in the day, which is when we recommend trying on and purchasing new footwear. Replace worn out shoes as soon as possible.

6. Choose and wear the correct shoe for that specific activity (e.g. running shoes for running).

7. Don’t wear the same pair of shoes every day – make sure to alternate.

8. Walking barefooted should be avoided. Without protection your feet will be more prone to injury and infection. Always use sunblock on your feet (as well as the rest of your body) when at the pool or beach or when wearing sandals in the sun.

9. Be cautious when using home remedies for foot ailments. Self-treatment can often turn a minor problem into a major one.

10 If you are a Diabetic, it is important to contact our office and schedule a check-up at least once a year.