What your podiatrist in Ellicott City wants you to know
Your feet are an important but often overlooked part of your body. It’s easy to take your feet for granted. So how do you take proper care of your feet? Dr. John Murphy at Maryland Podiatry Center in Ellicott City, MD wants to share the facts about what your feet need.
A proper foot care regimen is easy, and should only take a few minutes out of your day. Remember to:
- Thoroughly wash and dry your feet every day.
- Apply moisturizing lotion or cream to your feet daily
- Trim your toenails straight across with no rounded corners
Examine your feet daily with a hand mirror to look for:
- Discolored, thick nails (signs of nail fungus)
- Cracks or cuts that aren’t healing (signs of infection)
- Scaling, peeling skin (signs of Athlete’s foot)
- Abnormal growths like bunions, corns or calluses
Don’t forget to wear shoes that support your feet and don’t crowd your toes. Wearing the right shoes can help you avoid bunions, hammertoe, corns and calluses. Replace shoes that are old and worn out, and try to avoid going barefoot.
If you play sports, always wear shoes that are appropriate for the sport you are playing in order to avoid a sports injury.
In the summer, don’t forget to apply sunscreen on your feet. SPF 15 is great for daily wear, but use SPF 30 if you are outside for an extended period of time.
Be sure to include a regular visit to your podiatrist every year, especially if you have diabetes. Foot problems like ulcers and diabetic neuropathy can develop, causing you pain and loss of mobility. Dr. Murphy can help you guard against potential life-altering problems with your feet and toes from diabetes.
Remember that foot pain is not normal and that you don’t have to deal with foot pain by yourself. To find out more about how to take proper care of your feet, call Dr. Murphy at Maryland Podiatry Center in Ellicott City, MD. Call today and protect your feet!