Have you ever thought about how important your feet are? The foot is made up of 26 bones, 33 joints, and hundreds of muscles, tendons, and ligaments. All of these intricate parts work together to support, balance, and allow us to move in many different ways. The average American walks over 5,000 steps a day, which can take a toll on foot health, but many choose to ignore foot pain. It is therefore important to take preventative measures to keep your feet healthy and strong, especially for those who have other serious health conditions such as diabetes. Incorporate the following easy tips to your daily routine:
- Keep your feet clean by daily washing and moisturizing. Be sure to dry between the toes to prevent athlete’s foot.
- Trim toenails regularly by cutting them straight across to prevent ingrown toenails.
- Protect your feet with breathable socks and shoes.
- Inspect your feet everyday for changes in skin or nail color, blisters, or other wounds. Clean and treat wounds right away to prevent infection.
- Buy proper-fitting shoes by following these guidelines.
- Never ignore foot or ankle pain. See an experienced podiatrist like Russell Samofal, who can recognize and treat all types of foot and ankle problems.
- See a podiatrist for regular checkups. People with diabetes are susceptible to developing foot ulcers, infections, and fungal nails due to decreased circulation and feeling in their extremities.
- No matter how small, see a podiatrist first for treatment for any wounds, corns or calluses since they can turn into an infection.
- Wear comfortable shoes with plenty of room in the toes. Find helpful information about proper footwear here.
If you ever notice pain or discomfort in your foot or ankle, or need help managing your diabetic symptoms, come see Dr. Samofal of Podiatry Center of New Jersey, which is conveniently located in Wayne, NJ. A board-certified and compassionate podiatrist, Dr. Samofal takes all of your individual needs and goals into consideration when forming a treatment plan. For questions or appointments, please call (973) 925-4111 and our friendly staff will assist you.