Five Habits Your Podiatrist Would Like You To Quit Today

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We all have habits that affect our health for better or worse. These habits don’t just affect our weight; they affect foot health, too. Here are five that your podiatrist would like to see you leave behind.

1.      Smoking cigarettes: Not only does tobacco use lead to life-threatening cancers, but it also negatively impacts the circulatory system, leading to neuropathy and other symptoms in the feet.

2.      Ignoring the symptoms of diabetes: Diabetes is a whole-body illness in which the pancreas fails to produce enough of the hormone insulin to effectively regulate blood glucose levels. Symptoms include unquenchable thirst and frequent urination. Diabetes also affects foot health. Be on the lookout for numbness and small cuts that morph into wounds that refuse to heal. Get tested for diabetes and, if you’re diagnosed with the illness, see your podiatrist regularly to protect your feet.

3.      Going barefoot in a public shower: Fungus thrives n such environments. Keep feet safe. Create a barrier with an inexpensive pair of sandals.

4.      Wearing high heels regularly: High-heel shoes, with their pointed toe boxes, create an unnatural load on the ball of the foot and lead to foot deformities including bunions and hammertoes. Save them for special occasions. For everyday use, choose a comfortable pair of shoes with a low, chunky heel and a roomy toe box.

5.      Wearing smooth-soled shoes in winter: Slipping and falling on ice can lead to foot or ankle injury. Choose insulated, waterproof winter boots with a lug sole for improved traction.

Of course, the best habit you can cultivate for foot health is to establish a regular relationship with a podiatrist. With years of specialized training and experience, a foot doctor like Dr. Boris Abramov and Dr. Tatyana Abramova is the best-qualified medical professional to care for your feet, ankles, and lower legs. Schedule a convenient appointment in our comfortable Pikesville office today. Call Abramov’s Comprehensive Foot Care at 443-872-7052 or click here to get started.