National Foot Health Awareness month was last April, and our foot health is extremely important for maintaining our overall health. If you’re a diabetic, for example, taking care of your feet is essential, as “it is estimated that 25 percent of the 29 million Americans living with diabetes will develop a diabetic foot ulcer.” We also take “up to more than 3 million steps a year,” according to the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society. Tips to take care of your feet include assessing your feet often, washing and properly drying them, trimming your toenails regularly, wearing socks and proper footwear, and participating in regular physical activity.
Regardless of season or weather, everyday foot care should be practiced year round. For more information about everyday foot care, consult with Dr. Geoffrey Epstein of ETL Podiatry. Dr. Epstein will provide quality care for 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. After all, 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 example.
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.
Also, 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 one of our offices located in Melville, Briarwood, and Flushing, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.