If you’ve had an injury or are experiencing pain in your feet and difficulty standing or walking, you know to contact your foot doctor, Dr. Paul S. DeMarco to get your condition evaluated and the treatment you need. Many foot disorders, however, can be prevented with a proper foot care regimen. At Paul S. DeMarco, DPM, we want to educate our Atlantic and Cape May County patients on how to take the best possible care of your feet.
Below are some foot care tips:
- Do a daily foot check. Get in the habit of inspecting your feet. Look for changes in appearance including size, shape, color, bumps or growths, cracks or cuts in the skin. Report any changes to the foot doctor.
- Keep it clean. Feet should be washed daily with a mild soap and water. Make sure you dry your feet completely too to help reduce the risk of fungal and bacterial infections.
- Choose the right shoes. Footwear needs to fit properly: no rubbing, slipping or squeezing the toes. Good arch and ankle support is also essential for preventing a number of foot disorders. Replace shoes when they are worn out. Also wear shoes that are specifically designed for the sport or activity that you will be doing.
- Trim your nails. Cut toenails straight across and not too short. Don’t round toenails or cut nail corners on an angle; this increases the chance of ingrown toenails.
- Avoid going barefoot. This will decrease the risk of injury of cuts and puncture wounds as well as fungal and bacterial infections.
- Don’t try to be your own podiatrist. Home remedies and bathroom surgeries most often result in making foot problems worse.
If you have any concerns about your feet, schedule an appointment at our Somers Point office by calling: (609) 927-4894.