6 Ways to Prevent Foot Problems

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Every April, Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland joins expert podiatrists everywhere in observing Foot Health Awareness Month. Here’s one important thing we’d like you to be aware of: there’s a lot you can do to prevent foot problems from cropping up. Avoid bunions, nerve pain, heel pain, flat feet, and many other common foot disorders by using these six simple preventative measures:

  1. Wear shoes that fit.

    Choose styles that don’t pinch your toes, force you to walk on the balls of your feet (think “spiky high heels”), or make you hang on with your toes. Shoes should fit comfortably, provide room for your toes, and offer good arch support.

  2. Don’t be a couch potato.

    Get regular exercise, which keeps your feet in shape, maintains good circulation, and keeps off extra pounds that put stress on your feet.

  3. Exercise while wearing well-made athletic shoes.

    Protect your feet with supportive, cushioning sneakers made for your sport. You move your feet one way in basketball, a different way in soccer, and another in tennis. So, if you play multiple sports, there’s no way around it: for the good of your feet, you’re going to need multiple pairs of athletic shoes.

  4. Practice good hygiene.

    Keep your feet clean and dry. Trim nails straight across to prevent ingrown toenails. Change out of sweaty socks and wear flip-flops in public pool areas and locker rooms to avoid fungal infections.

  5. Manage your diabetes.

    Along with keeping your blood sugar levels in check, excellent diabetic foot care is essential. Visit our expert podiatrists, Craig B. Frey and Dr. Megan L. Oltmann, at least once a year and more often if you have changes such as a cut or blister that won’t heal.

  6. Rest when you need to.

    Sometimes your feet just need a break. If they’re feeling a little tired or achy after a particularly long day on your feet, soak them in a soothing bath of warm water and Epsom salts. If your feet constantly hurt, that’s a different story. Get relief by calling Cuyahoga, Summit, Portage, and Geauga County foot specialists Dr. Frey and Dr. Oltmann in Solon, Ohio at (440) 903-1041. You may also contact us online for an appointment.