April is Foot Health Awareness Month and we at Paul S. DeMarco, DPM want to take this opportunity to get back to basics with our patients. We often take our feet for granted until we suffer a foot or ankle injury. It’s then that it becomes apparent all that the feet enable us to do.
Below are some simple ways that you can help protect your feet and be proactive in ensuring that they stay healthy:
- Check your feet regularly. If you’re not already doing it, start now to inspect your feet on a weekly basis. This will make it easier to spot changes more quickly that may indicate a potential problem. Your inspection should include looking over your entire foot and toes and noting changes in size, shape and color as well as any unusual bruising, swelling, lumps or rashes.
- Practice good foot hygiene. You should wash your feet every day and dry them completely (paying particular attention to the space between your toes). This will help prevent fungal infections. If your feet tend to sweat profusely, use a foot powder as well and be sure to change your socks whenever you notice they are damp. Alternating your shoes and not wearing the same pair for several consecutive days is also a good idea.
- Don’t neglect your toenails. Trim toenails straight across and not too short. Do not round or trim the corners of your nails as this can lead to ingrown toenails.
- Get regular checkups. If you have diabetes, arthritis or another systemic disorder that affects your feet, or an ongoing podiatric condition such as flat feet, bunions or a hammertoe, it’s important that you schedule regular appointments with the podiatrist. Progressive conditions should be monitored to head off issues before they become disabling or cause complications.
- Don’t ignore foot pain. It’s a sign that something is wrong and in the majority of cases, foot pain that is left untreated will only get worse. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort anywhere in your lower extremities, contact our Somers Point office so that our podiatrist, Dr. Paul S. DeMarco,can examine your feet and help you take the necessary steps to correct your foot disorder. Call us today at: (609) 927-4894.