Three Facets of Foot Hygiene

Maintaining the hygiene of your feet is very important and can prevent painful foot and nail problems, from athlete’s foot to ingrown toenails to foot wounds. When it comes to foot hygiene, there are three main areas to pay attention to: daily foot care, toenail care, and daily foot inspections. Daily foot care consists of washing and thoroughly drying the feet each day and wearing clean socks and shoes. When caring for the toenails, you should trim them straight across regularly.  You should also use clean and sanitized nail clippers, and seek immediate care if your toenails appear discolored or misshapen. Daily foot inspections are a facet of foot care that is especially important for those who have diabetes, peripheral neuropathy, or poor circulation. Each day, check your feet for any abnormalities such as cuts, scrapes, sores, discoloration, lumps, and pain or strange sensations such as tingling or numbness. If you notice any foot or toenail problems, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist near you.

Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists of The Foot and Ankle Associates of North Carolina, PLLC. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on 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. 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 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. 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 Ahoskie, Durham, Raleigh, and Rocky Mount, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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