October 8th is International Podiatry Day and we at Steps, would like to encourage our clients and patients to recognize this day by doing something for their feet.
The average person will walk approximately 115,000 miles throughout their lifetime. It
is important to be proactive in the care of your feet to help you stay active and avoid
foot pain and many common disorders.
Celebrate with us by doing one or more of the following:
1. Commit to a Good Foot Care Regimen
What does daily care of your feet currently look like? If you didn’t start yet we have
few quick and simple suggestions.
Start by washing your feet every day with soap and water and dry them well
especially between the toes.
Next, if your feet tend to be sweaty try applying foot anti-perspirant /
deodorizing cream or spray before putting on your socks.
Use cotton or wool rich hosiery and breathable footwear.
Lastly, before climbing into bed at night, apply a rich moisturizer and a pair of
socks to keep feet supple and prevent dry skin and heel cracks.
2. Do a Shoe Audit
Look in your closet and be honest—how many pairs of shoes do you own that hurt
when you wear them? Shoes that are toe tight, rub at the heel or pinch your toes are
harming your feet. Many toe deformities such as bunions and hammer toes are
caused by wearing shoes that don’t fit properly.
Worn out shoes should be avoided too! You are also more prone to a sports injury if
your running shoes are worn out. Running and walking shoes have a lifespan of 300-
500 miles... After that the internal support and cushioning deteriorate...Even if they
Replace with new shoes that fit properly and are well made. Shoes should be the
correct size and width. Leather uppers are a good choice, other specific materials
might be essential for certain foot conditions.
3. Get Foot Pain and Unusual Changes Evaluated Promptly
Foot pain is not normal! Do not underestimate your symptoms...have your feet
checked in time to avoid further complications.
Pain, swelling, sores that don’t heal, changes in skin color or nail condition can all
be signs of a developing foot problem. If you notice anything suspicious or you are
experiencing foot or ankle pain, contact us for an appointment to have your feet
checked and managed by our podiatrist.
4. Prevention is Better than Cure
In the presence of certain health conditions, such as diabetes, heart problems, stroke
and arthritis, regular foot check-ups are essential. Specific tests might be required
for an early diagnosis and prevention management. Regular foot check-ups for
children are also recommended to ensure proper development of the foot structure.