The foot is the primary support system for the body, constantly being exposed to different uses and stresses! Regular walking, exercise and wearing non-supportive shoes can all take a big toll on our feet, so it makes sense that our feet should require more attention and care.
Paying extra attention to foot care doesn’t require tons of time and money - just follow the foot care tips you’ll see in our post today and you will find your feet looking and feeling fantastic.
1. Moisturize Your Feet
Using a high quality moisturizer every day, and multiple times daily in the winter season can be crucial to your foot care routine. Preventing your feet from becoming dry and cracked is great not only for the appearance but also for the prevention of contracting various issues such as plantar warts.
Consider trying over-the-counter heel pads which can soften calluses while walking. Once the calluses are exfoliated, use cream to moisturize tough heel skin.
When looking for creams keep an eye out for ingredients including emollients such as petrolatum or any humectants like lactic acid, which are both effective in drawing moisture into the skin.
If your dry foot skin seems overly severe and you are unable to fix the issue with foot treatment at home, contact your podiatrist for prescription treatment as soon as possible.
2. Get Pampered, but Proceed With Caution
Getting a professional pedicure with a nice soak, scrub and massage may be the best thing you can do for your feet. Poor trimming of toenails could cause hangnails and ingrown toenails so a professional pedicure is often a better option.
Also, smoothing out heels and foot calluses with a foot callus remover such as a foot file will maintain a good look foot in open-back shoes. But be wary and make sure to visit a reputable provider to avoid the chances of getting an infection at the salon.
3. Support - shoes, insoles, high-tech compression socks
There is a lot that goes into picking the right pair of shoes (or insoles) and avoiding the wrong pair of a shoes.
Flats and flip flops provide little-to-no arch support and should not be worn regularly, prolonged use of these shoes can lead to issues such as flat feet and more.
Overly tight shoes and heels can cause foot pain and lead to growths and distorted shape of the foot and toes.
Older women who tend to lose fat cushioning at the bottom of the feet, and pregnant women should pay attention to advanced arch support, wide heels and good, deep soles for shock absorbance.
Insoles can help you adjust the comfort and support of a shoe that you chose as a fashion choice but fall short in build quality and foot support.
Compression socks/stockings aren’t just for the elderly and varicose veins anymore. New brands are building high quality compression socks (from ankle socks to knee-high socks) for everyday use that are made up of many high-tech components such as moisture-wicking fabrics, extra dense cushion padding for protection and heel support and anatomical shape and design for specificity of the left and right foot.
4. Sit Down, Rest, and Watch Your Weight
Although exercising and standing helps blood flow and is healthy for your body and feet, continuous stress on your feet doesn’t benefit anyone. If you’ve been on your feet for extended hours working, running errands, or anything else, take a moment to yourself - sit down and let your feet rest, they’ve earned it!
Often times, overweight patients find themselves in more foot pain than a fit patient would. Putting more stress on the feet than they were designed for can lead to a range of health conditions causing foot pain. You can develop micro stress fractures, lose your arch and develop flat foot, be left with chronic heel pain or even develop plantar fasciitis. Staying in-shape can remove a lot of unwanted stress on your feet, and trust us - they’ll thank you for it.
5. Washing Of The Feet
Wash your feet, everyday. Grab a washcloth or an exfoliating sponge and wash your feet, making sure to cover the entire surface area of the foot including the bottom and in between the toes. After washing, dry completely. Consistently washing your feet will decrease the chance of developing many potential and often annoying foot issues such as toe fungus, athlete’s foot, bacteria, stinky feet and more.
6. Change Socks and Shoes Often
Wet or dirty shoes and socks can be a cesspool of bacteria which can lead to a variety of unwanted foot conditions. Change socks and shoes daily or multiple times a day depending on how long you’ve been wearing them and always take off socks and shoes immediately if you got them wet or dirty. Keep your feet in a dry and clean environment to avoid these problems like a pro.
7. Seek Foot Pain Treatment Accordingly
If you find yourself in foot pain, treatment sooner than later will make the biggest difference. When foot pain doesn’t subside on its own or foot treatment at home doesn’t work within a few hours or days, reach out to Highland Podiatry where Podiatrists Dr. Ryan Huntsman and Dr. Elie Elias will take the best care of your feet. With two highly convenient offices in Highland Heights and Sagamore Hills, suburbs of the greater Cleveland area, scheduling an appointment couldn’t be easier - call us at 440-473-0550 or click here to schedule now
Reviewed by Elie Elias, DPM