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How can I protect my feet against complications from scleroderma?

If you have been diagnosed with systemic sclerosis, you must constantly be on the lookout for painful or troublesome scleroderma foot symptoms. Here are just a few ways you can spot problems before they become serious health issues:

  • Inspect your feet daily. When you get out of the bath or shower, sit down immediately and inspect each foot, including each nail and the areas between the toes. If you see any changes in your skin, nail thickness, or signs of a foot ulcer, seek medical advice as soon as possible.
  • Moisturize your feet. You should moisturize your feet at least once daily, preferably up to four times a day. Use a fragrance-free lotion with as few additives as possible, and take care not to leave any lotion between your toes.
  • Trim your toenails. Your nails should always be cut in a straight line across the edge of the nail. If you have trouble using nail clippers or your toenails have become too thick for conventional clippers, your podiatrist can trim your nails for you.
  • Choose proper footwear. Your shoes should not rub against any portion of your foot and should be wide enough to accommodate your toes without bunching. If your feet are often cold, you may choose shoes with a thicker sole or buy thermal insoles for further protection.
  • Ask a podiatrist. Your podiatrist will be able to asses any problems with your feet, as well as recommend a personalized treatment plan to avoid future health problems.

If you have been diagnosed with scleroderma in Phoenixville, the podiatrists at HealthMark Foot & Ankle Associates are available to answer your questions. Call us today for an appointment in Media at 610-565-3668 or in Phoenixville at 610-933-8644.