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Tips for golden feet
« on: June 10, 2007, 03:11:49 AM »
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  • Dear friends,

    It has been said that the feet are a mirror of health, therefore your podiatrist (Foot Doctor) is sometimes the first to detect signs of diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, and circulatory conditions. Here are some health tips to kep those golden feet going:

    1. SHOES: ILL fitting shoes can cause devastating problems. Remember feet change in shape and size as we age. A shoe with good support and comfort is of utmost importance. Don't forget to shop for your shoes during the afternoon because feet swell as the day progresses.

    2. EXERCISE: Walking is the best exercise for your feet. Consult your doctor before embarking on a new exercise regime.

    3. AT HOME SURGERY: Never cut corns and callouses with razors, knifes, or any instruments. Avoid over the counter products with medication for these ailments. Always cut toe nails straight across.

    4. HYGIENE: Bathe your feet in lukewarm water daily, using mild soap with moisturizers within it. Always use moisturizers afterwards and avoid putting it between your toes.

    5. INSPECTION: Check your feet every day or have someone do it for you. If you notice any redness, swelling, blisters, cracks, or sores in the skin contact your foot doctor or physician. And don't forget to have a podiatrist inspect your feet twice a year to make sure your feet are doing well.

    A muscle imbalance or arthritis can cause toes to contract and buckle. Toe joints as a result become enlarged, stiffened, and deformed. This deformity can also lead to increased shoe pressure and eventually formation of a corn.

    Repetitive pressure and friction by your shoes on your toes can cause the skin to respond by thickening and forming a corn. Switching to shoes that provide larger toe box and give the toes more room will also reduce friction. Over-the-counter corn removers should be used with extra caution. The medicated pads contain dilute acid preparations and can burn the skin. These pads should never be used in patients with poor circulation or diabetes. You should use lotion to keep the corns softened and they can be removed by using a nail file or pumas stone. Never use a blade.

     


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