Did you get everything on your holiday wish list this year? Chances are that even if you did, your feet may not have received the special treatment they deserve, especially after all the overtime they put in for you during this festive season. Why not give yourself one of these post-holiday presents:
- A Pedicure Set: Women and men both need to take good care of their toenails. Nails need to be cut short and straight across—no curved edges—to prevent ingrown toenails. If you go for professional pedicures at a salon and have your own tools, you’ll be assured that they have not come in contact with any bacteria or fungus which can lead to athlete’s foot or fungal nails.
- Fitting at a Sports Shoe Store: If you run, play tennis or basketball or another sport, a professional fitting at a specialty sports shoe store will ensure shoes that fit your sport and your feet. Many sports injuries are prevented by wearing well-fitting shoes designed specifically for the activity being done.
- Wool Socks: Not only will these keep your feet warm, socks made of natural materials breathe better than ones made of synthetic materials. If possible, choose ones that are designed to wick moisture away from your skin. Moisture from sweaty feet that gets trapped in socks and shoes without airflow greatly increases the chance of developing bacterial and fungal infections of the skin and nails of the feet.
- A Super Rich Moisturizer: A thick, extra emollient moisturizer not only feels luxurious to apply to feet (especially ones tired from lots of holiday activity!) but will also help fight dry skin, which is very common in cold winter months. Keeping skin moisturized will prevent painful cracks which can lead to bacterial infections.
At New England Foot & Ankle Specialists, our podiatrists, George A. Abboud, D.P.M., Brian D. Tedesco, D.P.M., Carl Conui, D.P.M., and Kimberly Thurmond, D.P.M. want everyone to have the gift of healthy feet. After all, your feet carry the rest of your body and make it possible to work, play, and enjoy the lifestyle you have. If you have any pain or discomfort in your feet, or just have questions about how to better care for your feet, schedule a consultation at either our Reading office.