There are many things you can do at home to prevent foot problems, including:
- Clip your toenails straight across (not rounded) and even with the edge of your toes (not too short) to reduce your risk of ingrown toenails.
- Ask for help when carrying heavy objects, so they don’t accidently fall on your feet.
- Moisturize your feet after showering or bathing, and before going to bed, to prevent dry skin and cracked heels.
- Stretch your lower limbs, especially your Achilles tendons and calf muscles, to prevent heel pain from conditions like plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis.
- Keep your feet and toes dry to lower your risk of developing fungal toenails. If you don’t have diabetes, consider walking barefoot at home to keep them dry.
- Don’t share towels, socks, or other objects with a family member who has a fungal infection, athlete’s foot, or a plantar wart.
These are a just a couple of actions you can take at home to avoid foot problems. For additional prevention tips, or to request an appointment for professional foot care services, contact Richardson Podiatry Associates by calling (972) 690-5374 or take advantage of our online form to connect with us today.