April is foot health awareness month which means there is no better time to think about giving your feet a little extra attention and care. With the warmer months right around the corner now is the time to get your feet healthy and sandal ready. Check out these tips to help.
Wear Comfortable Shoes: As we all know, high heels are not the greatest shoes for your feet. If worn on a regular basis they can cause blisters, bunions, hammertoes, and other foot pain and problems. Wear shoes that make your feet feel good, and give them support. This doesn’t mean you have to wear tennis shoes everyday. There are plenty of options for stylish shoes that are still comfortable and good for your feet. Check out our Pinterest board for plenty of shoe options.
Let Your Feet Rest: This is especially important if you are on your feet all day. Take time every day to put your feet up and just relax. They work hard and hold all your body weight, so it’s no wonder they need a break once in a while.
Keep Your Feet Clean and Dry: Athlete’s foot and other fungal infections thrive in wet, dark places, so make sure your feet are always dry (especially between your toes) before putting your socks and shoes on. If your feet get sweaty, change your socks more often and let your feet dry out before putting them on again.
Moisturize: While you want to keep your feet dry and free from bacteria, you also should be keeping them moisturized on a daily basis. Dry cracked heels can be the cause of painful infections as well as wet feet. After you shower put on a heavy foot cream (we like Amlactin), let your feet dry for a few minutes and then put on your socks. This will help lock in the moisture to you dry feet.
Good foot health practices are simple, but important to keep your feet healthy and free of infection and other complications. If you are in need to a podiatrist come see Dr. Evan Merrill and his staff at Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle, LLC today. Make an appointment by calling 541-776-3338 or by filling out our online form.