By Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Marylan
September 23, 2014
Tags: Foot Care
You lead a busy life. You get up early to head to work. You might make the kids lunches and make sure they get ready and on the bus on time. You’re on your feet all day at work and then once 5 o’clock hits, you’re running errands, picking the kids up from school, doing chores around the house and getting food on the table. In all these hectic day-to-day activities, you may never consider all that your feet do for you. Without them, you wouldn’t be able to easily run from one thing to the next. So, how much do you know about caring for your feet? Your foot doctor in Olney is here to recommend some ways that you can give your busy feet a little TLC.
Check Your Feet
It might seem odd to give your feet a once over, but this is something that you should be doing everyday. Check for any cuts, swelling, toenail infections, or sores. Just because you don’t experience pain doesn’t mean that you might not be dealing with a foot problem. The best time to examine your feet is at night after you take off your shoes from a long day. If you need to, use a trusty mirror to help you examine those hard-to-see spots.
Wash Your Feet
This might seem like a given; if it does, then good for you! That probably means you are doing this everyday already. We recommend washing feet in warm water instead of hot. If you’re worried about getting an infection, your Olney podiatrist recommends using talcum powder or cornstarch to help keep feet dry.
Remove Corns and Calluses
If you are experiencing corns or calluses, talk to your foot doctor in Olney about the best way to take care of this. We may recommend the use of a pumice stone to smooth the skin. However, do not use a razor blade to remove either a corn or callus. Be nice and gentle with your feet!
Keep the Blood Circulating
You might find yourself sitting behind a desk most of the day. If you do, it’s important to keep blood flowing to your feet at all times. Your podiatrist in Olney recommends putting your feet up when you’re sitting. Also wiggle your toes for a few minutes a couple times a day and move your ankles around to get blood flow to your feet and legs.
Another bad habit to avoid is crossing your legs for long periods of time. We know, sometimes it’s just habit to do it. But trust us, your feet will thank you!
Here are only a few ways to make sure that your feet get the love and attention they so greatly deserve. If you have noticed any changes to your feet or you have a question, call your foot doctor in Olney at (301) 924-5044.
Have any helpful self-management tips for taking care of your feet? If so, we would love to hear what keeps your feet looking and feeling their best.