Do you have spring fever yet? The bees are buzzing, the flowers are blooming, and your feet have been cooped up all winter just waiting to see the sun shine again. It’s the time of year when life starts getting busier. Spring sports begin, plans for summer trips are in the works, and flip flops and sandals are pulled out of the closet. It seems like people are happier and more motivated to get outside and get things accomplished, and all too soon forget about their feet. Take a moment to familiarize yourself once again with these foot care tips from a New York podiatrist.
For the fashion forward
It’s tempting to head to the nail salon at the first sign of a sunny day in order to get your toes ready to see the world in your new trendy sandals. However, before you do, take the advice of a New York podiatrist and make sure the place where you’re getting a pedicure cleans and sterilizes the tools they use. You won’t be happy at all if you contract toenail fungus and have ugly, yellow toes instead of pretty pink ones.
Consider bringing your own instruments for the nail tech to use, as well as inspecting your toenails every so often for signs of an infection, just in case. Also be conscious of the heels you are wearing. If they are causing you consistent foot pain, it’s time to stop wearing them and find something that is better for your feet. Failing to do so could result in foot problems such as bunions or hammertoes, which you for sure won’t want to show off in your sandals.
For the really active
As you lace up your athletic shoes and head out for a morning run, an afternoon hike, or an evening game of basketball, keep in mind that if you start to experience any foot or ankle pain, a New York podiatrist recommends you don’t ignore it. It could be a sign of Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, arch pain, heel pain or other foot problems that will only get worse if left untreated.
If you start to experience foot pain, you may need a new pair of athletic shoes, or even custom orthotics to provide extra cushioning and support.
For the feet-conscious
If you just want to make sure you’re taking the best care of your feet as possible, make sure you wash them every day, buff away any dry skin causing calluses or cracked heels, use a nighttime foot cream and wear socks to bed to lock in moisture, and make sure you are wearing shoes that provide you the proper support. While of course you’re going to wear flip flops and sandals, a New York podiatrist suggests you invest in a good pair of them and rotate the shoes you wear every so often so all the pressure isn’t always on the same parts of your feet.
If you are experiencing any foot pain or would like to learn more about potential foot problems you have, please contact a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.