1.Don't ignore foot pain. It is not normal. If you experience any type of persistent pain in the foot or ankle, see your podiatrist.
2.Inspect your feet regularly. Pay attention to changes in color and temperature. Look for thick or discolored nails (may be a sign of a developing problem), and check for cracks or cuts in the skin. Peeling or scaling on the soles of feet may indicate Athlete's Foot. Any growth on the foot is not considered normal.
3.Wash your feet regularly, especially between the toes, and be sure to dry them completely.
4.Trim toenails so they are comfortable. Be careful to cut nails all the way across and do not leave uncut nail especially on the sides.
5.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.
6.Select and wear the right shoe for each sport or activity that you are engaged in (e.g., running shoes for running).
7.Alternate shoes -- don't wear the same pair of shoes every day.
8.Avoid walking barefooted. Your feet will be more prone to injury and infection. At the beach or when wearing sandals always use sunblock on your feet.
9.Be cautious when using home remedies for foot ailments. Self-treatment may turn a minor problem into a major one.
10.If you are a diabetic, please schedule a check-up for your feet at least once a year.
Angelo Podiatry Associates, P.A.
3162 Appaloosa Cir San Angelo, TX 76901