Foot Health and Wellness

 

Personal Care of Your Feet

 

Some important things to remember:

  • Inspect your feet every day. Make sure that there are no cuts or red areas. Use a mirror to see the bottom of your feet.

  • Wash your feet with mild soap and water every day. Make sure you clean the hard to reach areas between the toes. Then dry your feet thoroughly, especially between the toes.

  • Avoid going barefoot.

  • Wear good shoes that fit well.

  • Buy socks designed to keep your feet comfortable, (padded, minimal or reversed seams, not too tight).

  • Use creams or lotions on your feet, but not between the toes, (unless antifungal).

  • Be careful trimming your toenails. If necessary, file them, or have them trimmed by a foot doctor.

  • If you have poor circulation, nerve damage or thick toenails, see a foot doctor regularly. Also see a foot doctor if you have corns, calluses, or bunions.

  • If you get a cut or scratch, take care of it right away. Wash it with mild soap and warm water. Use an antibiotic ointment and cover the area with a sterile gauze dressing. Change the dressing daily and seek your healthcare provider right away if the area does not heal or gets worse.

 

Check Your Feet Every Day

 

Foot problems can literally develop overnight. It is essential to check your feet daily for the following:

  • Cuts, blisters or sores

  • Change in temperature, (hot or cold)

  • Change in color, (pale, red, blue)

  • Swelling

  • Pain

  • Dry cracking skin

  • Excessive perspiration

  • Athletes foot or other rashes

  • Area of draining or other signs of infection

  • Corns; calluses or warts

Call your doctor, podiatrist or other healthcare provider for:

  • Routine foot care such as toenail trimming

  • Treatment for warts, corns or calluses

  • For any of the following conditions:

    • Cuts or sores or breaks in the skin that haven’t healed in 2 days

    • Blisters or infections or rashes

    • Redness, swelling or pain

    • Pain that develops without cause

 

One Last Caution:

 

If you have an ulcer or open wound, cut or sore on the bottom of your foot you must use extra precautions when bathing.

***Carpeting or bathroom showers or floors are not sterile and are sources of infection. Therefore, do not let the open sore touch an unclean surface. This may not be easy but at least keep it covered while in the shower with a sterile dressing if you can’t keep your weight off of the area.

 

The same principle holds true for sleeping at night. Keep the wound covered with the appropriate dressings recommended by your Doctor.

 

 

 

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