When it comes to personal care, the feet are often overlooked. Your feet go through significant wear and tear over time, so it’s essential to look after them to keep them healthy. Here at Great Neck Family Foot Care, we care deeply about our patients’ foot health and would like to share some common foot care mistakes and how you can avoid making them.
Not Wearing Comfortable Shoes
Choosing footwear without support or sufficient cushioning can be detrimental to your foot health. Wearing shoes without good toe room like pointy high heels can lead to painful hammertoes or bunions. If you’re looking for a comfortable pair of shoes, we can help identify which shoes provide proper support and cushioning to take pressure off painful areas.
Improper Nail Trimming
Ingrown toenails and fungal infections can occur when you don’t trim your nails correctly. You should make sure that the nail trimmers are clean, dry, sharpened, and disinfected, so they don’t cut into the skin or cause infection. Typically, people fail to clip their nails straight across and instead go for a curved edge. To avoid ingrown toenails and potential infections, you should be trimming your nails straight across.
Not Keeping Your Feet Clean and Dry
Even if you have good personal hygiene, you may not be cleaning your feet properly. You should be washing your feet thoroughly with soap and water and drying them immediately to maintain proper foot health. Damp feet can lead to certain fungal infections, and keeping them dry can help you avoid conditions like athlete’s foot.
One of the most critical foot care mistakes patients make is not visiting their podiatrist when suffering from foot pain. At Great Neck Family Foot Care, Dr. Hochstein can help you manage your foot pain and help you maintain optimal foot health. To learn more about foot care, be sure to contact our team today!