April is National Foot Care Month, so H.O.C. is here to give you some great tips on caring for your precious pups. Just about everything you do during the day involves being on your feet. Keeping your feet, ankles and lower legs healthy is the key to preventing unwanted pain and suffering. You don’t have to live with foot problems and we will give you some great care tips to help reduce your risks.
According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, approximately 20 percent of the U.S. population has at least one foot problem annually. It may be the shoes you are wearing, or the foot pain could be the result of an underlying health problem such as diabetes or obesity. You’ll need your feet to carry you an average of 115,000 miles in your lifetime, so avoiding foot problems should be a priority. The foot has 26 bones, 33 joints and over 100 ligaments and is a very complex structure.
In honor of National Foot Care Month, H.O.C. has complied this list of tips to reduce your risk of foot problems and help enhance your foot care life:
1. Inspect your feet daily to check for injuries, cracks, peeling, or dry skin. **This is especially important if you are diabetic to avoid infection or a non-healing wound.
2. Dry your feet and between your toes after showering to avoid fungal infections. Then, moisturize feet and heels with a good lotion.
Burt’s Bees (Natural)
Bliss foot Patrol (Best For Aches)
Gold’s Bond (Various cremes and treatments)
4. Apply sunscreen on your feet, between toes and on ankles to avoid sunburn and prevent skin cancer which often goes unnoticed in this area of the body.
5. Stretch your feet, ankles and lower legs regularly and before exercising to keep the muscles strong and avoid injury.
6. Keep your diabetes under control and have an annual foot inspection with a podiatrist to check for problems such as loss of circulation or loss of sensation (neuropathy). These conditions often occur unnoticed and can put you at risk for infections and non-healing wounds.
7. Maintain a healthy weight through diet and exercise such as walking. **Excess weight puts pressure on the feet leading to general foot pain, heel pain, circulatory problems and arthritis.
8. Wear shoes with good support and a low heel. If you like to wear flats, sandals or high heels, alternate with shoes having good arch support. Make sure shoes have enough space without rubbing or squeezing toes. Use shoes inserts to provide arch support and cushion the feet.
9. Replace your walking or exercise shoes every six months or 500 miles in order to avoid foot and heel pain when the inside of the shoe begins to wear and lose support.
10. As you age, your feet flatten, widen and get longer. Most likely you will not wear the same size shoe your entire life, measure periodically for best fit.
11. Don’t go bare footed in public places where you may suffer cuts leading to infection, contract athlete’s foot fungus or plantar warts on the bottom of your feet.
12. If you suffer a toe, foot or ankle injury, seek medical attention from a podiatrist. Untreated injuries can result in bones not healing properly causing recurring pain, limited mobility and development of arthritis in the affected joints.
13. Purchase shoes that fit well with your bigger foot, your feet may not be the same size or shape as each other–one foot may be bigger than the other. Average shoe size for a male is 11 and for a female is 7.
In other exciting news regarding National Foot Care Month, H.O.C. will be rolling out an EXCLUSIVE Foot Care Program, Healthy Soles Foot Care. Our services will be available to you through private pay (we will not bill medicare for this program) with one of our skilled nurses trained in these specific treatments.
For more information, tips or answers to all your health questions,
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