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The reality is most of us give little care and attention to our feet. They are extremely complex with 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 ligaments, tendons and muscles. We rely on our feet to walk an average of 5,100 steps a day yet we often abuse and overuse them and put them in footwear that is less than desirable.

Dr. Phil Pinskerhas witnessed my cases of foot and ankle problems that could have been avoided had proper treatment been sought and administered. Similar to the habits you have during your daily routine, regular foot care needs to become a habit in your life as well. Our feet deserve to be happy and healthy with special care and attention. There are several basic foot care guidelines that will go a long way in protecting your feet from injury and keeping them healthy long term.

Basic Foot Care Guidelines:

Wash your feet regularly– This is important for everyone but especially if you have a foot disorder or a disease such as diabetes. Pay attention to the area between your toes and be sure to dry your feet completely.

Inspect your feet regularly– Every time you wash your feet, take a moment to look for any changes in color or temperature. Take note of any cracks or cuts in your skin and whether any toenails are becoming thickened or discolored. Check your soles and between your toes for any red or peeling skin which could indicate an infection. Any lump or growth on your feet is not normal and Dr. Pinsker should diagnose even minor symptoms.

Take care of your toenailsIngrown toenailscan become very painful and infection. Avoid them by trimming your toenails straight across. Do not cut them too short or down the corners or sides as this can lead to an ingrown toenail. If you have an ingrown toenail, allow Dr. Pinsker to treat the problem rather than attempting to on your own to decrease the chance of further injury or infection. This is especially important if you have diabetes.

Choose your shoes wisely– It is important that you shop for shoes later in the day when your feet have had a chance to swell. This way you will get a more accurate fit. Avoid shoes that are too tight or that squeeze your toes and replace your shoes when they are worn out. It is also important to wear the appropriate footwear for the activities you are involved in and to alternate your shoes so they have a chance to air out.

Avoid going barefoot– The bottom line is this puts you at risk for injury and infection. Around a beach, shower room, pool areas and outside your home, always wear an appropriate shoe that will keep your feet safe from injury and possible fungal infections.

Avoid smoking– It is not just your lungs and general health that are affected by smoking. It also affects your circulation and how quickly healing takes place if you sustain an injury.

Leave treatment to a professional– As tempted as you may be to take care of ingrown toenails, corns, callusesor blisterson your own, it is not a good idea. Self-treatment can turn a minor problem into a serious complication. This is especially important for someone with diabetes. If you have diabetes, leave any treatment needed to Dr. Pinsker and ensure you are visiting our office regularly for check-ups and any needed treatment.

Don’t ignore foot pain– While listed last here, it is just as important as the rest of these foot care tips. Foot pain is never normal and any symptom; big or small, should be evaluated by Dr. Pinsker. Many foot conditions can be reversed or their progression slowed down through early intervention.

Following these basic guidelines will help ensure your feet stay happy and healthy and keep allowing you to enjoy life to the fullest. Please contact usany time you have a question or concern about your foot health. Call our office at (724) 225-7410 or request an appointment online.

We would also love to send you a copy of Dr. Pinsker’s book, Got Feet: A User’s Guide to Foot and Ankle Health. Click here to order your FREE copy today!

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