10 Ways to Show Your Feet Some Love

It’s April – time to celebrate Foot Health Awareness Month here at Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland. Follow as many of these 10 recommendations as you can – this month and every month – to keep your feet happy and healthy.

  1. Get measured. Feet don’t remain the same size throughout your adult life. Have them measured by a shoe specialist every so often. And while you’re at it, see #2…
  2. Buy a really nice pair of shoes. Treat your feet to at least one pair of really supportive shoes that you’ve bought from a reputable shoe store. Try them on and make sure they’re a great fit.
  3. Play it straight. When it’s time to clip your toenails, take care to cut them straight across. Any curving down the side will encourage an ingrown toenail. Ingrown toenails hurt like heck and they can become infected, leading to further pain and medication to clear up the infection.
  4. Keep them clean and dry. Wash your feet daily and dry them thoroughly, especially between your toes.
  5. Inspect them regularly. Get to know what’s normal for your foot and then be on the lookout for any changes. Call our podiatrists if you notice a mole that suddenly looks different; bumps and bruises that weren’t there before; scaly skin that won’t heal; a toe that’s bent in a weird way; a portion of your foot that feels hotter or colder than the rest.
  6. Watch your weight. Your feet bear all of your weight and they’re only designed to hold so much. Overweight and obese people are prone to foot problems like stress fracturesheel pain, and arch problems and they’re also at higher risk for diabetes – bad news all around but especially challenging for your feet.
  7. Bend and stretch. Keep your feet fit and flexible by performing these foot and toe stretching exercises.
  8. Cover them with sunscreen. The skin on your feet burns just as easily as the rest of your body!
  9. Steer clear of fungus. Athlete’s foot and fungal nail infections can be avoided by wearing shoes in public places like pools and locker rooms.
  10. Listen to them.Your feet are good at communicating when something’s wrong. Soreness, redness, swelling, discoloration, and lack of sensation are all examples of problems you shouldn’t ignore. For the best care of these and other foot problems in the greater Cleveland area, contact our expert podiatrists Megan L. Oltmann and Dr. Craig B. Frey. Call our office in beautiful Solon, Ohio at (440) 903-1041.