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Tips and Advice for Happy and Healthy Feet

Below are some simple tips on keeping your feet, ankles, and legs are healthy as possible. Remember folks, your feet are one of your most important set of tools, take care of them!

  1. Inspect your feet regularly and pay attention to changes in color, texture or appearance.
     
  2. Maintain good foot hygiene, including washing and drying between toes.
     
  3. Hydrate the skin. Dry heat and open shoes can cause rapid loss of moisture from the skin and may result in cracking or the formation of fissures. It is helpful to replace the moisture content by using lotions or creams on a regular basis.
     
  4. Buy proper-sized shoes. You may not wear the same size in shoes made by different manufacturers. Purchase new shoes late in the day, when feet tend to be at their largest. Always but the shoes that feel the best. 
     
  5. Don't ignore foot pain. Symptoms that increase of do not resolve within a reasonable period of time need to be evaluated by your podiatric physician. 
     
  6. Cut toenails straight across. Never cut into the corner for this could cause an ingrown toenail. Gently file away sharp corners or rough edges with an emery board. 
     
  7. Exercise. Walking is a great way to keep weight under control and is an excellent conditioner for the feet. Be sure to wear appropriate athletic shoes when exercising.
     
  8.  Alternate your shoes each day. Since the feet have sweat glands, your shoes will absorb moisture from your feet, so it is important to allow your shoes to dry out completely.
     
  9. Avoid walking barefoot to help protect your feet from injury or infection.
     
  10. Put sunblock on your feet while wearing sandals during the day to avoid sunburn.