Seattle Routine Foot Care
Tips And Advice from Seattle Podiatrists
There are some preventative measures that you can take to ensure that your
feet remain happy and healthy. By routinely attending to the needs of
your feet, you greatly reduce the risks of more serious problems in the future.
- Below are some basic foot care guidelines from our Seattle podiatrists
to follow to keep your feet as healthy as possible:
- Don't ignore foot pain. It's not normal. If the pain persists,
contact our office.
- Inspect your feet regularly. Pay attention to changes in color and temperature.
Look for thick or discolored nails (a sign of developing fungus), and
check for cracks or cuts in the skin. Peeling or scaling on the soles
of feet could indicate Athlete's Foot. Any growth on the foot is not
- Wash your feet regularly, especially between the toes, and be sure to dry
- Trim toenails straight across, but not too short. Be careful not to cut
nails in corners or on the sides; it can lead to ingrown toenails. Persons
with diabetes, poor circulation, or heart problems should not treat their
own feet because they are more prone to infection.
- Make sure that your shoes fit properly. Purchase new shoes later in the
day when feet tend to be at their largest and replace worn out shoes as
soon as possible.
- Select and wear the right shoe for the activity that you are engaged in
(e.g. running shoes for running).
- Alternate shoes --don't wear the same pair of shoes every day.
- Avoid walking barefooted. Your feet will be more prone to injury and infection.
At the beach or when wearing sandals always use sunblock on your feet
as the rest of your body.
- Be cautious when using home remedies for foot ailments. Self-treatment
can often turn a minor problem into a major one.
- If you are a diabetic, contact our office and schedule a check-up at least
once a year.
The vast majority of people who follow these guidelines for foot care will
be able to maintain optimal foot health for years to come.
At Integrative Foot & Ankle Centers of Washington, our Seattle podiatrist
can help you get and stay healthy. To learn more about what you can do,
call us at (425) 678-3877.