Whew! What a winter.
Thankfully, spring has sprung and soon it will be time to put the boots away.
We pulled together some of our sandal-safe foot care tricks just in time for your feet’s first appearance after the long cold months here in Cleveland. Foot care is crucial all year round, but spring is when you get to strut your stuff and really let those babies breathe.
So, let’s dive in!
Check your feet every day. With the new season, comes new shoes of course. Cracks, cuts, sores, and blisters can pop up, and you might not feel them until they get infected. They can also cause nerve damage if neglected. This is essential for those with diabetes. Mandatory (says your foot doc 🦶🏼).
Keep your feet dry. Use lotion on the tops and bottoms of your feet daily to keep your skin soft and supple. We carry Sorbitol Hydrate, a cream that keeps the feel smooth and healthy. Keep the creams away from in between your toes to avoid fungus growth. Instead, sprinkle a quick-dry formula called Forlinia between the toes to keep the area dry. We carry this as well. Most importantly, watch where you step: gym showers, locker rooms, pools, Jacuzzis, saunas are all moist warm places you’ll Athlete’s Foot hiding out.
Trim your nails straight across. You can softly file the edges of the nail once the nail is clipped. This prevents the nail from growing so close to the skin that it cuts it. This can also cause infection. Need a demo? We’ll show you how during your next appointment.
Get Plantar Warts treated by us. Did you have a little friend pop up over the winter? Plantar warts are flat growths that develop on the heels and balls of the feet. This happens when a certain strain of a virus called human papillomavirus (HPV) gets into the body through direct contact with the skin. Plantar warts can go away on their own, but they do spread from one person to another. Never try to treat these yourself. Always have them inspected by us. In some cases, warts are mistaken for corns and callouses.
Gently slough your feet each time you bathe. Be extremely gentle with your skin around your heels and toes with light strokes. This can keep the feet smooth, but also help prevent damage to the skin.
High heels are not good for your feet. Period. End of story. (And if you don’t wear them, but someone you love does—share this message). Those ruby red strappy heels may be irresistible, but they’re sure not comfortable—And if they’re not comfortable, they’re not good for you. You run the risk of developing extreme callouses, blisters, and even worse—a broken ankle. Don’t even get us started on the bunions we see from years of foot abuse. Heels mess with your arch and can do long-term damage to your back if they’re worn consistently.
So, there you have it. A spring makeover for your feet!