By New England Foot & Ankle Specialists
August 17, 2016
Category: Foot Care

At New England Foot & Ankle Specialists we treat a wide variety of toe, foot and ankle disorders. What we find is that one of the best “treatments” is prevention. Here are some basic guidelines for caring for your feet:

  • Practice good hygiene. Wash your feet daily and dry them completely, especially between your toes.

  • Wear the right shoe for the activity you are doing. If you are a serious athlete, buy shoes designed for your specific sport. Limit time in high heels.

  • Be sure all your shoes fit well. One of the biggest causes of foot problems is improperly fitting shoes. There should be at least a half inch between you longest toe and the inside of your shoe. Be sure shoes fit snugly in the heel and also that there are no places where the shoe rubs on your foot. Tip: shop for shoes at the end of the day—that’s when your foot tends to be at its largest. Do not wear shoes that are worn out and have lost their shape.

  • Keep toenails trimmed straight across. Don’t round or cut in the corners as this can lead to ingrown nails.

  • Limit the amount of time you walk barefoot to greatly reduce your risk of injury and infection. Be sure to wear flip flops or shower shoes in public places like gym showers and community pools to avoid athlete’s foot.

  • Apply sun block to your feet just as you would the rest of your body.

  • Try not to wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row.

  • Look your feet over regularly. If you notice changes in size, shape or color of your feet or nails or skin issues such as rashes, cracks, peeling or cuts that don’t seem to be healing or anything else unusual, make an appointment to see one of our podiatrists: Dr. George A. Abboud, Dr. Brian D. Tedesco, Dr. Carl Conui, or Dr. Kimberly Thurmond.

  • Remember, pain is never normal. If you have constant or regularly recurring pain in your foot or ankle, contact our Reading office for an evaluation.

You only get one set of feet! Take care of them and they’ll take you where you want to go for many years to come.

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