So often when we think about our health care, we think about our weight, cholesterol level or blood pressure. How often do we think of our feet? Feet are often ignored until it’s too late. Consider how important your feet are. You use them every day. Don’t take them for granted. Begin practicing good foot care today so that your feet may last you a lifetime.
Examine your feet daily. Check for cracks, calluses, dryness, ingrown toenails and fungus. If you have any of these issues, see your doctor or a podiatrist.
Moisturize your feet daily. Don’t wait for a pedicure to treat your feet. Lavish them daily with a lanolin-based cream. Be sure to remove excess cream from between the toes.
Cut your toenails straight across to just above the skin. Your nail should not extend past the tip of your toe. At the same time, it should not be cut so short and curved as to increase the likelihood of an ingrown toenail. Use a toenail clipper which is designed to cut straight across.
Elevate your feet and take stretch breaks. To stimulate circulation, keep your feet up when sitting for a long period of time. (I keep a small stool beneath my office desk, which I use to elevate my feet.) In addition, get up from your desk every hour or so, walk around and stretch.
Practice good hygiene. This should go without saying, but wash your feet every day. Change your socks every day.
Keep soaking to a minimum. If you enjoy soaking your feet daily, do so for no more than ten minutes. Soaking for longer may increase your chances for dry skin.
Wear comfortable shoes that fit right. As you age, your feet will change. Measure your shoe size at least once per year.
Talk to your doctor. Most people only see their doctor when they’re sick. Schedule a full physical with your doctor periodically and include foot care as part of the physical. If you find you have problems with dryness, cracking, warts, bunions or any other type of foot problem, ask your doctor for medical advice and take care of these problems before they get worse.