It’s almost Halloween and here at Paul S. DeMarco, DPM we want to suggest something sweet for your feet, those two hard working parts of the body that so often get taken for granted. Instead of reaching into the Halloween candy bowl, try one of these “treats:”
Indulge in a rich moisturizer. As winter draws near and the heat starts turning on, skin gets dry. Rubbing a thick, emollient cream or lotion into your feet daily feeling soft and supple and will also help prevent flaky and painful skin cracks.
Have a foot massage. Did you know that in addition to feeling really great, a foot massage provides numerous benefits? These include: better sleep, improved blood circulation, help relieving aches and pains in the foot and other areas of the body, stress relief and reduction of swelling. Can’t afford a professional massage? Do it yourself by using your thumb to press around the ball of your foot and the base of your toes and gently rubbing your feet from one end to the other.
Get rid of painful shoes. Dig out those high heels that pinch your toes and the old boots that rub against your big toe and any other shoes that are uncomfortable in any way and throw them away. Wearing uncomfortable shoes is not only painful, it can lead to bunions, hammertoes and other deformities and chronic disabilities.
Have an extra serving of dairy. Okay, if you’re still looking for a food treat—make it ice cream or frozen yogurt. Adding more calcium to your diet will help promote bone strength, which is important for your feet since nearly a quarter of all the bones in your body are found in your feet.
Our podiatrist, Dr. Paul S. DeMarco believes that patients should be proactive in caring for their feet. If you have questions about how to keep your feet healthy or are experiencing any pain or discomfort in your toes, feet or ankles, contact our Somers Point office at: (609) 927-4894.