115.jpegTo conclude our Foot Health Awareness Month observance, our doctors share their favorite tips for achieving and maintaining foot and ankle well-being.

Incorporating these suggestions into your daily routine can prevent injuries, alleviate pain, and keep your feet healthy.

  1. 7. Stay Active

    • Engage in regular physical activity to improve circulation, strengthen muscles, and maintain overall foot health.
    • To reduce stress on your feet and joints, choose low-impact activities like walking, swimming, cycling, or yoga.
    • Gradually increase the intensity and duration of your workouts to avoid overuse injuries and strain on your feet.
  2. 6. Foot Exercises

    • Perform exercises to strengthen the muscles in your feet and ankles, such as toe curls, toe taps, and ankle circles.
    • Stretch your hamstrings, calf muscles, and Achilles tendon regularly to maintain flexibility and prevent tightness.
    • Incorporate balance exercises like standing on one foot or using a balance board to improve stability and reduce the risk of falls.
  3. 5. Proper Footwear

    • Choose shoes that fit comfortably with enough room for your toes to wiggle. Avoid shoes that are too tight or too loose.
    • Look for shoes with good arch support and cushioning to absorb shock and reduce pressure on your feet.
    • Rotate your shoes regularly to give them time to air out and prevent odor and bacterial growth.
    • Consider custom orthotics if you have specific foot issues or conditions that require additional support.
  4. 4. Practice Good Foot Hygiene

    • Wash your feet daily with mild soap and warm water. Be sure to clean between the toes and around the nails.
    • Dry your feet thoroughly, especially between the toes, to prevent fungal infections like athlete's foot.
    • Apply moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated and prevent dry, cracked heels.
    • Change your socks daily and choose breathable materials like cotton or moisture-wicking fabrics to prevent moisture buildup.
  5. 3. Trim Toenails Properly

    • Trim your toenails straight across if able to prevent ingrown nails. Avoid cutting them too short or rounding the corners, leading to ingrown nails.
    • Use sharp, clean nail clippers to reduce the risk of injury or infection.
    • Please see us if you have difficulty trimming your nails or have existing foot conditions.
  6. 2. Avoid Going Barefoot in Public Areas

    • Wear shoes or sandals in public places like locker rooms, swimming pools, and gym showers to reduce the risk of infections and injuries.
    • If going barefoot is unavoidable, use shower shoes or flip-flops to protect your feet from contact with bacteria and fungi.
  7. 1. Manage Foot Pain Promptly

    • Consult us for prompt evaluation and treatment if you experience persistent foot pain or discomfort.
    • Avoid self-diagnosis and self-treatment, as this can lead to worsening of symptoms or result in complications.
    • Follow our recommendations for pain management, which may include rest, ice, elevation, over-the-counter medications, or physical therapy.