New Year’s Day will see many people making resolutions and here at Paul S. DeMarco, DPM we want to encourage patients to put good foot health at the top of the list. Think about what your life would be like if your feet didn’t function properly or if walking caused you pain and discomfort on a daily basis. This year, resolve to take good care of your feet.
Here are some suggestions to get you started:
- Wear shoes that fit properly. Did you know that a large percentage of the population wears shoes that are too small for them? Shoes with tight toe boxes that squeeze your feet can lead to a number of medical problems, including bunions, hammertoe and ingrown toenails.
- No bathroom surgeries. Many times patients with warts, calluses or corns are tempted to try to get rid of them on their own. Filing, cutting and using products with acid to deal with these conditions often results in serious infection. Let the foot doctor handle them.
- Limit the time you go barefoot. Without the protection of shoes, your feet are vulnerable to cuts and bruises. Fungal and bacterial infections are also spread by direct contact.
- Develop a foot care routine. Get in the habit of washing and drying your feet completely every day. Use moisturizer to prevent cracking and foot powder if you are prone to excessive perspiring or fungal infections. Inspect feet regularly for changes in color and shape, skin rashes, growths and anything else out of the ordinary that may signal the beginning of a foot problem.
- Don’t ignore pain. It’s your body’s way of telling you something is wrong.
If you are experiencing any discomfort, contact our Somers Point office by calling: (609) 927-4894. Our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Paul S. DeMarco will examine your feet and recommend the necessary care to ensure that your feet serve you well the whole year through!