March is National Nutrition Month, and although it is coming to a close, it’s never too late to invest in your health. Good nutrition means providing your body with the essential vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients it needs to function well. This helps provide you with energy and allows your body to build up strength and recover from injuries or illnesses. Your nutrition choices have an enormous impact on your overall health, but they aren’t the only factor. General foot care, believe it or not, also plays an important role.
Your feet are your foundation. You need them to stay strong and functional to maintain your mobility and independence. They also provide surprising insight to your general health: many conditions, like diabetes and peripheral artery disease, display early symptoms in your lower limbs. Taking care of your feet now, before pain or problems arise, can help you avoid many simple issues as well as catch and eliminate potential conditions before they can deteriorate.
Here are some simple foot care tips:
- Wash your feet every day, and dry them thoroughly—especially between the toes.
- Use gentle moisturizer to keep your skin smooth and supple.
- Examine your feet regularly for changes.
- Clip your nails straight across.
- Never cut your cuticles. You can damage skin and provide an opening for infections. Push them back instead.
- Wear fitted socks that wick away moisture, and change them daily.
- Choose breathable shoes made from natural materials that provide support.
- Avoid wearing the same pair of shoes every day. Rotate between a few pairs so that each has a chance to dry out between uses.
Don’t underestimate the power of foot care in your health! If you aren’t sure how to check your feet for changes, would like help establishing healthy habits, or are experiencing any pain or problems in your lower limbs, we can help. Contact our expert staff here at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona for more information or an appointment. Fill out the website contact form, call, or fax either office to reach us: for Chandler, call (480) 963-9000 and fax (480) 963-0375; for Gilbert, call (480) 981-1800 and fax (480) 981-0229.