Here are some of the top tips for keeping your feet
healthy (Federation of International Podiatrists):
- Do not ignore foot pain.
If pain persists advice should be sought from a qualified podiatrist.
your feet regularly, look out for changes in color and temperature. Check for cracks or cuts in the skin. Thick
or discolored nails are a sign of developing fungus. Peeling or scaling on the soles of the feet can indicate athlete’s
foot. Any growth on the foot is not normal.
- Wash your feet daily, especially
between the toes, making certain that you dry them completely.
- When cutting your toenails,
cut them straight across, but not too short. Cutting nails at the corner or along the sides can lead
to ingrown toenails.
- If you have blisters do not pop them. Instead, protect blisters by cutting a hole in a thin piece of foam and placing
it over the blister, or cover them with a protective soft gel dressing to prevent infection and speed up the healing process.
- Make sure your shoes fit properly. It is best to buy new shoes later in the day when feet tend to be at their largest. Have your feet measured
while standing and if your feet are different sizes, buy shoes in the size of the larger foot. Beware of shoes
that need to be “broken-in.”
- Do not
wear the same pair of shoes every day. Alternate your footwear.
When traveling, pack several pairs.
- Keep your shoes
in good condition. Run-down heels put uneven pressure on your foot, which can cause pains throughout
- Do not forget to apply sunscreen
to the tops and bottoms of your feet.
ice if you suspect a fracture, sprain or dislocation
in your feet. Do not use heat or hot water, which promotes blood flow and greater swelling.
Wear Sensible, Comfortable Shoes!