Our feet are often neglected since they aren’t a very obvious part of our physical appearance that we are constantly tending to and not really the first thing people see. It’s still important to give them some TLC regularly to ensure cleanliness and prevent infections or other ailments from occurring. Wash your feet daily with water and mild soap including the area between your toes. Be sure to dry them completely and apply a good moisturizer. Dr. Mahmood recommends a simple, commonly found foot brush or pumice stone followed by Amlactin, an over the counter moisturizer for best results.
Did you know there is a proper way to cut toenails? Cut toenails straight across and do not cut into corners or sides. When toenails are cut into corners, this causes ingrown toenails which often can lead to pain while walking or possible infection. Special populations, specifically those with diabetes, are recommended to see a podiatrist to get their toenails trimmed. This is because they are more prone to infection from small cuts that may occur while trimming at home. A podiatrist can safely trim toenails and inspect feet at each visit.
This goes for both adults and children - as parents, we often find ourselves saying “oh you’ll grow into them” but in reality, ill-fitting shoes can cause pain or even injury. The best time to purchase shoes is later in the day when feet are at their largest size. It is also important to wear the right shoes for the right activity - a running shoe while running, tennis shoes, soccer cleats and so forth. Certain shoes are designed for specific activities varying in fit and support.
When walking on hard surfaces, feet are at risk for collapsing which can lead to alterations in gait (walking). Foot deformities such as bunions and hammertoes may worsen while barefoot and can ultimately lead to other conditions such as shin splints and tendonitis due to the imbalance caused from excessive exposure to hard surfaces. Feet are also exposed to bacterial and fungal organisms while barefoot that can infect the skin and nails. While at the beach, be sure ti wear sandals and apply sunscreen to your feet for protection.
Foot pain is not normal. There is a difference from soreness from walking miles around Disney World and chronic foot pain that can last for longer periods of time and affect activities of daily living. It is never ok to be in pain and there are many solutions available for various conditions of the feet. It is important to find a podiatrist to partner with that can help you address any deformities or pain and get you back on your feet.
For a podiatrist you can trust to be open, honest and be a partner in getting you back on your feet, reach out to Dr. Mahmood at Momentum Foot & Ankle Clinic. With three convenient locations in Chesterton, Michigan City & Roselle, Dr. Mahmood is here to help.