Good Habits Will Promote Foot Health
Illness and injury can strike without warning, leaving you suffering. There isn’t much that you can do to keep yourself safe from some situations – infections can happen suddenly and a fall is always unexpected. But there is plenty that you can do to reduce your risk of foot pain. Here are some suggestions from Dr. Boris Abramov and Dr. Tatyana Abramova for good habits that you can cultivate to promote a lifetime of foot health:
Wear sensible shoes. Sure, stilettos are attractive and flip-flops are fun, but they are responsible for foot issues including heel pain, bunions, hammertoes, and shin splints. Save those for special occasions. For everyday use, choose a pair of comfortable, supportive shoes. Look for a wide, roomy toe box and a low, chunky heel. Shoes with laces will be more easily adjustable than loafers. A rubber sole will reduce your risk of falling.
Sweat creates a damp, hospitable environment for athlete's foot and other fungi. Be sure to keep feet clean and dry. Wash them well every day with soap and water and dry them carefully with a towel, especially between the toes. Excessive sweat is a medical condition known as hyperhidrosis. It can lead to unmanageable odor, referred to medically as bromodosis. Your podiatrist has solutions to these issues.
Trim toenails carefully to prevent painful ingrown toenails from developing. Use a clipper made specifically for the job and trim straight across. Don’t round the corners, as you might on your fingers.
Stop picking at your feet. Leave your toenails and any loose bits of dry skin alone. The small wounds that you might create are entry points for infection.
Of course, the best foot health habit that you can cultivate is a regular, ongoing relationship with a board-certified podiatrist like Boris Abramov, DPM and Tatyana Abramova, DPM. Your podiatrist is a medical specialist and the best-qualified professional to care for your feet, ankles, and lower legs. Schedule a convenient appointment in our modern, comfortable Pikesville office today. Call our friendly staff at 443-872-7052 or click here to get started.