It’s easy to depend on our feet to stand, walk, run, exercise, play sports, and dance. But even though our feet are such an important part of our lives, they are, quite frankly, often either taken for granted or ignored. The foot is a complex collection of 26 bones, 33 joints, more than 100 ligaments, and a number of muscles. These work to get us where we want to go and do what we want them to do, most of the time without any real conscious thought. As you age, or if you are extremely active, however, caring for your feet becomes more important. Parts wear out, bones get thinner, padding starts to disappear, and injury can follow. Some simple basics can keep your feet healthy: keeping your feet clean, dry and moisturized daily is a good idea. Checking for calluses and corns and having them removed is recommended. Keeping toenails in good trim and straight across, helps prevent ingrown toenails. Proper footwear that offers room for your toes, support for your arches, padding for your heels, and avoiding high heels are other ways to protect your feet. It is suggested that you make regular appointments for a checkup with a podiatrist, especially if you have any foot pain or deformities, to promote good foot health.
Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, contact Mital Patel, DPM from South Shore Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Everyday Foot Care
Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. Without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks.
It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before. For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops. Wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent Athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Massapequa, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.