Keeping your feet healthy is fundamental to enjoying all that life has to offer. And by the time individuals reach the age of 50, they will have logged an astounding 75,000 miles on their feet. Today, Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing his tips for getting your feet healthy for spring and the warmer weather.
As you age, it becomes imperative that you find a podiatrist who can help you care for your feet properly, especially if you have bunions, diabetes, nail disorders, high blood pressure, cardiovascular problems, or undiagnosed pain.
The spring months are a popular time for people to think about their feet for the first time after a long winter in socks and boots. We all want our feet to look clean and well-maintained in sandals when the warmer weather hits.
Unfortunately, feet that are neglected can end up with a variety of disorders such as calluses, corns, ulcers, plantar warts, athlete’s foot, cracked heels, infections, fungal nails, ingrown nails, and dry skin, to name a few.
Here are some tips for getting your feet sandal-ready for spring.
- Soak your feet. Soak your feet in a bath of warm water, a few drops of coconut oil and Epsom salts. This will soften the feet to make it easier to get rid of the dry skin.
- Apply an intensive moisturizer to cracked heels and soles. Cracks in the feet can lead to infection if not remedied. But don’t use the moisturizer between your toes – that area should remain dry.
- Smooth rough, troublesome corns and calluses. There are several ways to soften rough patches, including gels, files, electronic devices, and pumice stones. If you apply moisturizing cream and wear spa socks overnight, it can go a long way in softening the feet.
- Reduce debris from keratin on the toenails. The nails can become unattractive after months of reduced airflow inside shoes and boots. Nails that are particularly thick, chalky, or yellow can be a sign of toenail fungus, which requires professional treatment.
- Keep toenails trimmed. Trim toenails straight across and smooth the edges using a file so they can’t grow and cut into your skin. If you have trouble completing the task, ask your podiatrist to take over the job.
Don’t hide your feet this spring! By following these tips from our podiatrist, Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists, you and your feet can face spring fearlessly. If you notice a condition that needs expert help, call our office today at (425) 455-0936 to book your visit or schedule an appointment online.