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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
April 18, 2016

Did you know that April is National Foot Health Awareness Month? At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, we want our patients to be proactive about the health of their feet and ankles. Many podiatric problems can be avoided with proper foot care. Here are some tips on how to keep your feet at their best:

  • Do self checks—Get in the habit of examining your feet regularly. Of course pain is a sure indicator that something is wrong but the appearance of your feet can give you clues too. Look for changes in shape, size and skin color. Check toenails for changes in color or thickness. Make sure corners are not growing down into the skin. Any unusual lumps or protrusions are also a matter of concern. If you do notice any changes, they should be brought to the attention of our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker. Caught in their early stages, many foot ailments are easily treated.

  • Wear properly fitting shoes—Perhaps the most important preventative foot health measure you can take is wearing shoes that are of good quality and suited to your particular feet. Shoes should have roomy toe boxes and be made of flexible materials. Strong arch support is also important. Women should avoid overly high heels and athletes should remember to replace their shoes when they are worn out.

  • Protect against bacterial and fungal infections—Don’t go barefoot in public places, particularly those that are damp, such as public pools, gym locker rooms and showers. These are prime breeding grounds for fungi that are transmitted by direct contact and can cause athlete’s foot and fungal toenails. Also avoid sharing socks and shoes with others. If you get professional pedicures, make sure your salon follows safe sanitizing practices for tools or, better yet, bring your own.

  • When in doubt, get it checked out—if you have pain or discomfort anywhere in your toes, feet or ankles or if you notice stiffness, swelling or other symptoms that weren’t there before, call our Washington office and make an appointment to have your feet evaluated.

By taking good care of your feet now, you will be able to live an active lifestyle for many years to come.  

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