We podiatrists have a suggestion for you: consider the passing of another year as an opportunity to take better care of your feet! No surprise there, right? Dr. Craig B. Frey and Dr. Megan L. Oltmann are passionate about taking care of our patients’ feet. And, we want to give you the tools you need to do your part in keeping them as healthy as possible.
So, now that we’ve turned the calendar over to 2020, we hope you’ll resolve to do the following:
- Keep them clean. Not only does this mean washing and drying your feet every day, but it also includes things like changing your socks daily, airing out your shoes, and protecting yourself from athlete’s foot and other annoying fungal infections by wearing flip-flops in public locker rooms.
- Give them a visual once-over from time to time. Get to know your feet – what’s a normal color for your skin and nails? Do you have any moles or other skin lesions and have they changed shape or color? Are any of your toes bent like a hammer? A special note to our diabetic patients: do these kinds of foot checks every single day.
- Cut your toenails straight across. If you cut them on an angle or a curve, you’re putting yourself at risk for painful ingrown toenails.
- Exfoliate and moisturize. Soften hard areas of skin (calluses) in the shower and gently rub them with a pumice stone. After showering, soothe your skin by applying a moisturizing cream.
- House them in shoes that fit and support. Don’t live in shoes with narrow toe boxes that squeeze your toes together or completely flat shoes that have no arch support. Shoes that are too big are also problematic; they make you unstable on your feet and prone to falling.
- Address problems promptly. Residents of Cuyahoga, Summit, Portage, and Geauga counties who have foot or ankle pain also have a beautiful, modern podiatry office at their disposal. We invite you to visit Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland in Solon, Ohio for an appointment to fix nagging pain or acute injuries professionally, promptly, and in a caring atmosphere. Call us at (440) 903-1041 or contact us online.