Keep Your Feet Clean
Cleaning your feet every day is important, especially if you have diabetes. Use warm water and mild soap to wash your feet. Dry them thoroughly, especially between the toes where fungus likes to grow.
Avoid Wearing Heels Excessively
Heels are fashionable, but they can wreak havoc on your feet if you wear them all the time. High heels force your weight forward and put extra pressure on the balls of your feet.
If you must wear heels, try to keep them under two inches and look for ones that have plenty of cushioning. Avoid wearing them every day, and give your feet a break by wearing flats or sneakers whenever possible.
Trim Your Nails
Trim your nails straight across. Avoid rounding the corners, which can lead to ingrown toenails. If you have trouble reaching your toes, ask someone for help or go to a salon that offers nail care services.
Moisturize Your Feet
Your feet go through a lot, so it’s important to keep them moisturized. Applying lotion to your feet helps prevent dryness, cracking, and other problems.
It’s best to use an alcohol-free moisturizer since alcohol can cause your skin to become dry. You can also use petroleum jelly to keep your feet moist, but it doesn’t absorb into the skin.
Exercising helps improve blood circulation and strengthens the muscles in your feet. It can help prevent conditions like Achilles tendonitis, bunions, and hammertoes.
If you have a health condition that restricts you from cardio or other extensive exercises, speak to your general physician. They will help you create an exercise plan that works for your needs. Start slowly if you’re not used to exercising, and build up your tolerance over time.
Inspect Your Feet
Regular foot inspection can help you catch problems early on. Look for any cuts, bruises, blisters, or redness. If you have diabetes, you should also look for sores or infections.
If you can’t see the bottoms of your feet, use a mirror or ask someone to help you. You should inspect your feet:
- After taking off your shoes and socks
- After a bath or shower
- Before putting on your shoes and socks
- If you feel any unusual discomfort or bump on your feet