It’s that time of year when people are making New Year’s resolutions and at Paul S. DeMarco, DPM, we think your feet are worthy of some consideration. In addition to the other ways you are planning to improve your life this year, why not resolve to improve the care you give to your feet?
Below are some suggested ways to do so:
· Get into the habit of inspecting your feet regularly. So many foot conditions can be nipped in the bud if detected early. Our podiatrist, Dr. Paul S. DeMarco, will want to know if you find any growths on your feet or if you see changes in size, color, skin or nail condition, temperature or anything else that just seems unusual. Checking your feet often will enable you to quickly spot differences that may indicate a potential problem.
· Make toenail care a priority. Keep nails trimmed straight across with no curved edges and not too short to help lower the risk of ingrown nails. Be vigilant at nail salons regarding sanitizing procedures of foot baths and pedicure tools and don’t share socks, shoes, towels or other items that touch someone else’s feet.
· Wash feet daily and dry completely. Finish with appropriate care for the skin of your feet. If your skin tends to be dry, moisturize to prevent scaly and cracking. If you sweat profusely, use a foot powder before putting on your socks to keep feet dry.
· Buy shoes that fit properly. Have your foot professionally measured and choose shoes that have at least a half an inch between your longest toe and the front of the shoe as well as good ankle and arch support.
· Avoid going barefoot, even at home. This will greatly reduce your risk of injury and also of bacterial and fungal infections.
· Don’t engage in “bathroom surgery.” If you have a foot problem, contact our Somers Point office for an appointment by calling: (609) 927-4894 at your soonest convenience and leave the care of medical podiatric issues to us.