Many of us pay little attention to our feet in the winter when they are hidden from the world in heavy socks and boots. Now that warmer weather is on the horizon, you may be looking to get your feet ready for sandal season. NEBH Chief of Podiatry Kenneth Leavitt, DPM, offers some advice to safely prepare your feet for your favorite open toed shoes.
Trim Your Toenails
Cutting your toenails may seem like a mindless task, but there are a few things you want to be careful of to avoid ingrown toenails and infection. Those with diabetes need to take special care to clip nails properly to reduce the risk of future foot problems. Here are the basic rules to follow:
Soften Calluses and Corns Carefully
Corns and calluses are areas of thickened skin that occur when something rubs against the foot repeatedly or cause excess pressure. If the thickening of skin occurs on the bottom of the foot, it’s called a callus. If it occurs on the top of the foot (or toe), it’s called a corn. You can try soaking your feet regularly and using a pumice stone to soften and reduce the size of your callus or corn. You should also make sure improper footwear is not causing these issues. If they become bothersome, make sure to consult an orthopedic expert.
Follow Pedicure Safety Tips
If after a long winter you plan to treat yourself to a pedicure at a spa or nail salon, you’ll want to keep a few things in mind.
If you have any type of persistent foot pain, it’s important to consult a podiatric or orthopedic expert.