Posts for: January, 2020
Do you know how to properly care for your feet? Here at McLean County Foot and Ankle in Bloomington, IL, your podiatrist, Dr. Gerald Paul, informs his patients on all aspects of podiatric care, helping them avoid the development of podiatric issues. After all, a little thought and care now prevents complicated, long-term problems later on—read on to learn more.
Your wonderful feet
They keep you moving, working, running, and dancing—in other words, all things mobile. Composed of 26 bones, plus ligaments, tendons, nerves, and blood vessels, your feet have incredible strength and range of motion. However, repeated stresses, injuries, and diseases can drastically impact your feet and their close neighbors, the ankles.
Healthy feet and ankles
That's your podiatrist's priority. He likes to see over-40 patients yearly for an exam in his Bloomington, IL, office. For diabetics and those with compromised circulation or acquired deformities (e.g. bunions), however, more frequent visits to Dr. Paul's office are often necessary.
Additionally, patients must support this preventive and ongoing care with at-home routines that promote flexibility, strength, balance, and more. Here are tips to keep your feet and ankles pain-free and mobile:
- Wear quality shoes with padded soles, good arch support, and ample room in the toes. Save high heels for special occasions only, and change shoes frequently.
- Rest and elevate your feet to relieve pressure and reduce swelling, particularly if you have been on your feet all day.
- Wash your feet every day with warm water and a mild soap. Be sure to dry them thoroughly, as well. Also, wear clean socks that fit well to avoid uncomfortable and damaging pressure points.
- Moisturize your feet and ankles. This daily practice avoids itchy, dry skin and the small cuts and abrasions which accompany winter weather and gym workouts.
- Massage your feet every day, not just when they are tired. Massage promotes good circulation and flexibility.
- Cut your toenails straight across, and never round the corners. This technique avoids ingrown toenails.
- Wear shower sandals or flip-flops in the gym locker room or poolside to avoid athlete's foot fungus.
- If you are diabetic, keep a close eye on your blood glucose levels, and inspect your feet carefully every day for cuts, bruises, swelling, or anything unusual.
If you have a foot or ankle problem, pain, or sudden injury, contact Dr. Gerald Paul of McLean County Foot and Ankle in Bloomington, IL, for an appointment: (309) 662-9001.