Prevent Foot Problems Before It’s Too Late

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Almost eight out of ten adults have experienced some sort of foot condition in their lifetime. Common foot problems such as general foot pain, ingrown toenails, athlete’s foot and bunions are often neglected. In fact, nearly three out of ten people do nothing about their foot conditions. 
You should strive to be in the 20% of adults who do not experience a foot misalignment.  You will find below some preventative tips for your foot care, which include:

·         Keep up with toenail maintenance. Toenails should be cut at least once every 2 weeks, or once a week if your nails grow fast.  Make sure to trim your nails straight across and do not allow the nail to exceed the tip of each toe. After trimming you should round the ends of your toenails with a clean nail file, but be careful not to go into the quick which can cause a spicule of nail to puncture the skin and cause infection.  Also, always disinfect your nail care tools after every use.

·         Inspect your feet. At least once a month after showering you should inspect each foot for any skin irritations or unsightly spots. Have any skin spots checked out by a professional as malignant melanomacan start in the feet. Make sure to examine your entire foot, especially between your toes.

·         Keep your feet clean. Wash your feet daily with warm water and soap. Scrub your entire foot and wash between your toes. Afterward dry each foot and toe thoroughly. You should also change your socks regularly and protect your feet at all times. Feet should not stink; we have solutions for even the most potent foot odor.

·         Exercise your feet. Daily stretches keep your feet flexible and prevent your muscles from tightening. Do simple stretches and move each of your toes individually – move all your joints through a range of motion before putting on your socks. This prevents stiffness and moves the air trapped in your joints (“Crack” your knuckles of your toes) allowing better motion thru the day.

·         Wear proper shoes. If you are involved in sports it’s important to wear shoes that provide shock absorption and allow for traction, and match each activity with a separate shoe – not all activities involve the same motion. It is best to have your feet ideally fit by a professional.

·         Wear the right shoe size. Ill-fitting shoes can cause a lot of complications from arthritis, tendonitis, plantar fasciitis pain in your feet all the way to back pain, and “one size” does not fit all.  Do your research and make sure you aren’t sized by using the thumb width method.

Integrate these tips into your routine and they can help prevent a number of common foot conditions. If you are looking for a particular shoe type, are unsure about your current size, or unsure about what size is needed for a particular brand of shoe (sizes vary by brands) then stop by or call us @ArchMasters: Orthotics, Shoes & Footcare, llc. We offer Free Consultations! For any questions please call (615) 370-3000, and talk to David Sables, D.P.M, C.Ped or  Linda Sables, C.Ped.


References:

http://www.lajollalight.com/2012/02/24/preventing-common-foot-problems-expert-tips-for-improved-podiatric-health-and-overall-wellness/; http://www.tribune242.com/sports/02072012_FOOT-SOLUTIONS_features_pg10; https://archmasterstn.com/showpage.php?page_id=4

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