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Foot care is something that is important to your overall well-being and is something that is often overlooked. There are some basic guidelines you can follow in order to keep your feet healthy and feeling good.
1. Don’t ignore unusual pain. If you are feeling a constant pain in your feet, it’s important to call your podiatrist immediately. They can help identify any pain and develop a treatment plan to make sure that your feet are healthy.
2. Inspect your feet regularly. It’s easy to ignore irregularities around your feet, which is why it’s important to keep an eye on them. It’s important to be sure that there aren’t any drastic changes in color or temperature, and to make sure that your toenails aren’t too thick or discolored. Also be sure to pay attention to cracks or cuts in the skin, and to make sure that there aren’t any growths on your feet.
3. Keep proper foot hygiene. It’s important to wash your feet regularly, even between the toes, and make sure that the foot is totally dry. It’s also important to regularly trim toenails. Be careful to only trim nails straight across and not on the sides or corners to avoid ingrown toenails. If you are a person with diabetes, poor circulation, or heart problems, be sure to go to your podiatrist when trimming toenails in order to avoid infection.
4. Get proper fitting shoes. When purchasing shoes, try to go later in the day when your feet are at their largest and make sure to replace worn out shoes. Make sure that the shoes you pick are the correct shoe for whatever activities you are engaging in. Also, it’s important to not wear the same pair of shoes or socks multiple days in a row.
5. Avoid walking barefoot. When walking around barefoot, your feet are more prone to injury.
6. Don’t forget your feet! When wearing sandals, it’s very important to apply sunscreen to your feet as well as the rest of your body!
Following these guidelines will help keep your feet happy and healthy, and in turn help your overall well-being!
While it might not be something you think about often (or at all), the health of your child’s feet is important. Your child is growing by leaps and bounds and certain habits and other factors can affect how your child’s feet develop or if they experience injuries or other problems down the road. Unfortunately, a lot of children end up wearing shoes that are far too small for their feet, which can lead to pain, structural imbalances and certain foot deformities.
We know that going shoe shopping is certainly not a walk in the park for most parents; however, it’s an important component to making sure your child maintains healthy feet. There are many things to think about when it comes to picking the right shoes, and your podiatrist can also provide suggestions and tips to make the world of shoe shopping easier for you and your little one.
Some factors that you should consider when shopping for the right shoes include:
- Your child’s age
- The shoe’s material
- Your child’s shoe size
- The shoe’s structure
A good rule of thumb is to shop for shoes every 2 months when your child is between the ages of 1 and 2 years old. Once they reach three and four, you’ll want to purchase new shoes approximately every four months. At the point that your child is five or six years old, every six months is a good time to swap out old shoes for new ones.
As you might already know, the bones of a baby or infant’s feet are soft and haven’t fully developed. To protect your child’s feet it’s important that they wear socks and soft shoes. Make sure that as your child’s feet grow that the toes have room to wiggle and move around within the shoes. Bunched-up toes are a major no-no!
Since your little one is growing by leaps and bounds it is important that you are constantly checking their shoe size for changes. Remember that feet swell throughout the day, so shoe shopping should be done at the end of the day when feet are at their largest. If you aren’t sure what size shoe your little one wears, you can ask one of the store’s footwear specialists for help.
Of course, you can’t forget the importance of choosing the right socks, as well. Socks can prevent your little one from blisters, calluses and other foot problems. They can also wick away sweat and prevent fungal infections. When it comes to choosing the right socks for your little one consider the type of fabric, your child’s activity level, the size of your child’s feet and sensitivities they might have to certain fabrics.
When in doubt, you should talk to a foot doctor who can provide you with advice, answer any questions you might have about your child’s developing feet and also provide comprehensive care, when needed.
While you might not think about it, your feet certainly do a lot for you day in and day out: They help lug your tired body up those flights of stairs to get to your apartment after a long day of work. They pound the pavement (or the treadmill) for those regular stress-relieving sweat sessions. They suffer through endless hours of dancing in high heels for a night on the town with your friends. When you think about your feet in this light, they are pretty amazing.
However, just like everything else, our feet also change over time. What your feet needed when you were an athletic teenager will be different than the thirty-something professional wearing dress shoes or an older adult who is enjoying some post-retirement travel. It’s important that our feet get the unique care they need as you get older. After all, you may be at an increased risk for developing these common foot problems:
- Bunions and hammertoes
- Corns and calluses
- Ingrown toenails
- Fungal infections
- Plantar fasciitis (one of the most common causes of heel pain)
Your feet will change as you get older. They may get larger and even require a completely different shoe size. You’ll lose density in the fatty pads of the feet. Skin also loses its elasticity and becomes thinner, so it may be more prone to infection or injuries.
Of course, if you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, arthritis, nerve damage or obesity, these chronic health problems can also increase your chances of developing foot-related complications. If you’ve been diagnosed with any of these health problems it’s important that you have a podiatrist you can turn to at the first sign of an issue. It’s important that you inspect your feet every day to look for any changes or symptoms such as redness, swelling, cuts or open wounds that may require immediate care.
You’ll also want to take into account the importance of wearing the right footwear. While this is something everyone should do, as you get older your feet lose a lot of their natural cushioning and, as a result, require additional support from their shoes. It’s important that the shoes you wear provide you with the ample support and cushioning you need.
Toenail fungal infections are also more common as you get older. While this infection may not seem like a big deal, leaving this infection untreated could cause it to spread to other areas of the foot. Plus, it leaves toenails brittle, yellow and unsightly. If you are having trouble treating a toenail fungus on your own, or if you deal with persistent fungal infections, this is also a time to turn to a foot doctor for care.
If you have a job that keeps you on your feet day in and day out, chances are good that you are probably looking for some ways to keep those feet from feeling too tired, achy or sore. Standing for the majority of the day can be hard work for your feet, not to mention your legs and back. We know that just one foot problem could keep you out of work for many days, so why not take the extra precautions now to keep your feet healthy during those long, grueling days?
From poor circulation and joint damage to arthritis of the knee and bunions, there is a laundry list of symptoms, conditions, and injuries that can result from prolonged standing or moving around. Here are just some ways to prevent these issues from happening to you in the first place.
Take Some Time to Rest
We know that you probably don’t get a lot of breaks during the workday but that doesn’t mean that you can’t take a little time here and there to actually give your working feet a rest. If it’s possible to still perform some tasks at work by sitting then, by all means, grab a chair and tackle them while sitting down and giving your poor feet and legs a rest. If you can alternate between sitting and standing throughout the day, this will go a long way to improving the health of your feet.
Stretch it Out
If you have to stand or walk around the majority of the day it’s important that you find time to stretch out your feet and legs. From simple exercises like spreading out your toes and holding the position for several seconds 10 times a day to the step stretch (which can help alleviate symptoms of plantar fasciitis and stretch out tight calves) to rolling a tennis ball under the arches of your feet, there are many ways to stretch out the muscles in the feet and legs to prevent stiffness and pain. Better yet, these exercises can be performed throughout the day without taking time away from your work.
The Shoes You Wear Matter
Despite the fact that you may want to wear your dressiest or stylish shoes to work, if you are on your feet for most of the day then you’ll want to trade in those shoes for something more practical and ergonomic. Comfort and support are key features to any shoes when you are on your feet for long periods of time. The shoes you wear could either provide the support and stability your feet need or they could leave them feeling sore, achy and weak at the end of the day. Turn to a shoe specialist who can fit you with the proper footwear for your individual needs.
If you have questions about how to properly care for your feet or whether orthotics could help provide additional stability and cushioning during those long days on your feet, then it’s time you turned to a foot doctor. We can help you decide which options are best for you.
In many cases, ingrown toenails can be successfully treated at home. Unfortunately, sometimes your symptoms worsen no matter what home remedies you try. The Ashburn, Fairfax, McLean and Reston, VA., podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Center discuss when it's important to seek professional treatment for your ingrown toenail.
You have diabetes
If you have diabetes, call your foot doctor as soon as you notice the first signs and symptoms of an ingrown toenail. Although freeing the trapped edge of a nail may seem like a minor matter, people who have diabetes are more likely to develop infections due to cuts and breaks in the skin. If your nail pierces the skin at the side of your toe, an infection can occur fairly quickly. It's best to be safe and visit your podiatrist when you develop an ingrown toenail.
You can't free the trapped nail edge
Freeing a trapped nail edge is often as simple as soaking your foot in warm water for 30 minutes and gently prying the corner of your nail free with a small piece of cotton. If your nail is firmly embedded in the skin, it may be impossible to remove it yourself. Attempting to force the nail free can injure your toe and nail and may even cause an infection.
You have an infection
Infections can spread from your toe to the rest of your foot and your leg if you don't receive prompt treatment with antibiotics. If you have an infection, your toe may be in pain and you might notice that it looks swollen and red. In some cases, you may see pus around the nail.
Ingrown toenails occur frequently
Some people are prone to developing ingrown toenails. The problem can occur if your toenails are curved, you wear tight shoes, you have a chronic fungal infection or you frequently injure your toes when you play sports. Your Ashburn, Fairfax, McLean, Reston VA., podiatrists can offer treatments that will help you avoid future ingrown toenails.
Get back on your feet with professional ingrown toenail care! Call the podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Center in Ashburn, Fairfax, McLean, Reston VA., at any of the following offices to schedule an appointment:
Ashburn, VA - (703) 723-9267
Fairfax, VA - (703) 273-9818
McLean, VA - (703) 556-8637
Reston, VA - (703) 723-2719