Basic Foot Care Guidelines
Foot pain is not normal. If you experience any type of persistent pain in the foot or ankle, please contact your local foot specialist of family doctor.
- Inspect your feet regularly. Pay attention to changes in color and temperature. Look for any changes in your toenails, cracks or cuts in the skin, peeling skin or blistering on the soles of feet or any growth on the foot
- Wash your feet regularly, especially between the toes, and be sure to dry them completely.
- Trim toenails straight across, but not too short. Be careful not to cut nails in corners or on the sides; this can lead to ingrown toenails. Persons with diabetes, poor circulation, or heart problems should NOT treat their own feet, because they are more prone to infection.
- Make sure that your shoes fit properly. Purchase new shoes later in the day when feet tend to be at their largest, and replace worn out shoes as soon as possible.
- Select and wear the right shoe for each sport or activity that you are engaged in (e.g., running shoes for running).
- Alternate shoes—don’t wear the same pair of shoes every day.
- Avoid walking in barefeet. Your feet will be more prone to injury and infection. At the beach or when wearing sandals always use sunblock on your feet.
- Be cautious when using home remedies for foot ailments. Self-treatment may turn a minor problem into a major one.
- If you are a diabetic, please contact your local foot specialist of family doctor and schedule a regular check-up.