As we get older it’s important to take care of our bodies more and more. A lifetime of use, history, and knowledge is built up and we use every piece of it to move on and forward. The same notion applies to our feet. We use our feet every day and often forget to care of them. As we age, more and more problems tend to plague our feet, and they start to break down due to normal wear and tear. It is important to follow the tips listed below to keep your feet in the best shape that they can be in as you grow older and experience life’s wonderful journey.
- Properly fitting shoes are key. Many people don’t wear shoes that fit correctly. Poor fit can mean very painful and deformed feet.
- Shoes that have a soft upper and firm sole are best for daily activities.
- Walking is one of the best exercise for you and your feet.
- If you must wear pantyhose, you should buy the kind that does not have seams. You should also make sure that it fits properly. There should never be bunching and it should not be too restrictive.
- Do not tie stockings in a knot.
- Do not wear restrictive garters. This is bad for vascular health.
- When caring for corns and calluses do NOT cut them with a razor, a pocket knife, or any other sharp instrument. See a podiatrist who can safely remove them for you.
- Use lukewarm water to bathe your feet in daily.
- Use soap that has moisturizer for your feet.
- When cutting your toenails, be sure to cut the straight across to avoid ingrown toenails.
- Examine your feet daily. If you are unable to, have someone else do it for you. If you see blisters, wounds, ulcers, or other sores call a podiatrist
- Have your feet looked at by a foot doctor at least twice a year.
It is important to keep up with your foot health, especially if you are not quite as young as you used to be. If you have a concern regarding your foot health, call Syracuse Podiatry today. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico has an office in Fayetteville, New York for your convenience. There, he and his staff will guide you on proper foot care and create a treatment plan tailored to your needs and medical history. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today. Trust us, you won’t be disappointed.