The human foot tends to be a go-along sort, often taking years of hard use before throwing out a complaint. When those complaints come, however, they can be doozies. The good news is that some regular maintenance can help keep your feet happy, as well as relieve many common problems. Start with a daily inspection for redness, cracks in the skin, or other signs of irritation. Moisturizing your feet daily with doctor approved creams and lotions can keep skin soft when applied after bathing. Wearing shoes that “breathe” (such as those made of leather,fabric or perforated materials) can discourage growth of bacteria and fungi. If you notice any trouble signs, get professional help before they turn into serious problems.

In addition to relieving pain and correcting your current foot problems, your podiatrist can provide tips to help you avoid foot trouble down the road. Although some foot problems are hereditary, there’s lots you can do to make sure your feet stand up to years of wear and tear. Preventive foot care can make a big difference in your mobility and health. Come see us at Family Foot and Ankle Care where we can work with you to keep those feet healthy and active.

Dr. Marc Fink

P.S. Daily foot care is especially important for the elderly and people with circulation problems.


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