Even those of us who live the most sedentary lifestyles will still spend lots of time on our feet. That is why when problems in this area of the body begin to arise, it can quickly drag down your quality of life. At Great Neck Family Foot Care, we’ll help mitigate the chances of this happening to your feet. We’d like to provide you with some basic foot care guidelines to help your feet to remain healthy and pain-free.
Choose Footwear That Fits Properly
When it comes to footwear, it’s easy for many people to choose style over substance. While certain shoes may look great, they can wreak havoc on your feet. Before you buy your next pair of shoes, make sure they meet the following criteria:
- Fit snuggly, but not tight enough to cut off circulation.
- Offer proper ankle and arch support.
- Provide traction to avoid slips and falls.
- Are breathable to allow for air circulation.
- Have a wide toe box to avoid blisters.
Keep Your Feet Dry
Having wet or moist feet greatly increases the chances of developing some type of fungus. Whether it be athlete’s foot or toenail fungus, it can cause aesthetic problems and discomfort. By making sure your feet remain dry, you mitigate the chances of infection. Some great ways to do this include the following methods:
- Drying your feet as soon as you step out of the shower.
- Have more than one pair of workout shoes to avoid exercising in sweat-soaked shoes.
- Change your socks a few times throughout the day.
Having dry, cracked skin on your feet can be painful and cause a serious hit to your self-esteem. To prevent this from happening, consider moisturizing your feet each night before bed to keep the skin healthy.
Protect Your Feet In Public Areas
Public pools, locker rooms, and showers are often a breeding ground for harmful foot fungus. Walking around barefoot in these areas leaves your feet exposed to this highly contagious problem. To prevent this, we recommend you always wear flip flops or sandals when you have to walk through these areas.
Schedule An Appointment
When you notice a problem with your feet has developed, you should contact a podiatrist right away to stop it from getting any worse. At Great Neck Family Foot Care, our team is well versed in foot problems, and we’ll provide you with the treatment you need. For more basic guidelines for foot care, or to schedule an appointment for treatment, contact us today!