Foot Care Basics from The Pampered Foot: The Best Mobile Foot Care Palo Alto, CA

Keep Your Feet Clean

  • Wash feet daily in warm, not hot, water
  • Clean and dry well between the toes
  • To prevent your skin from drying out, don’t soak your feet for more than 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Apply moisturizer if necessary to dry skin but not between the toes;  use foot powder to control naturally moist feet and DO use powder between the toes
  • Wear breathable, wicking socks (athletic socks work great!)

Foot Safety

  • Examine your feet daily for redness, cracks, or callused areas.
  • Attempt nail and foot care only if you’re physically able to do so; otherwise, consult a professional for help.
  • Don’t use instruments on the nail or foot that aren’t meant for nail or foot care (i.e. dremmels for nail debridement!)  Use caution in using over-the-counter corn & wart products, as they can burn the skin.
  • Consult a physician if you notice an injury, infection, or changes in sensation, pain, cramping and tingling in your extremities.

Foot Wear

  • Shoes & slippers should be rotated and not worn two days in a row; ensure you have enough pairs that you’re able to rotate your footwear.
  • Allow your shoes to fully dry in-between wearing; storing your athletic shoes in a locker or gym bag will not allow them to completely dry by the time you need to wear them next.  The dark environment of a gym bag or locker will also promote fungal growth.
  • Shop for shoes at the end of the day when feet are typically at their largest.
  • A properly fitting shoe shouldn’t touch the tips of your toes, rub, slip off, or cramp your foot.
  • Bring orthotics with you to try on shoes.
  • Break in shoes gradually.  Don’t buy shoes a half size too small and count on them to “stretch” with wear; leather may stretch sometimes, but synthetic materials (vinyls, plastics) will not.   Cobblers can stretch shoes for you, typically for a fee.

Foot Fitness

  • Preventive foot exercises protect the feet and reduce the possibility of incurring foot problems as the feet age.
  • Exercises are not just necessary in preparing for sports, but in participating in activities of daily life.
  • Walking is considered one of the best exercises.  Start with an easy pace, on flat ground and gradually increase.  Warm up before walks with gentle stretching.  Examine feet after a walk for areas of irritation, blisters, or swelling.

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