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Top Foot Care Practices You Could Be Missing

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Healthy foot careOne of the simple facts of living in an imperfect world is there’s always room for improvement in just about every area. If you are an adult living in the Carmichael, CA community and would like to grow in your skill development, check out the Adult Education courses offered through the San Juan Unified School District. The district provides courses for business and computer skills, healthcare training, and also various apprenticeship programs.

Of course, there is usually ample room for improvement when it comes to foot care practices, too. Compared to other health initiatives, there are many foot care habits people don’t follow, including:

  • Making sure your shoes fit – Ill-fitting footwear can be the source of many lower limb issues, including ingrown and black toenails, calluses, and blisters. Wearing shoes that fit correctly is a simple measure to avoid a lot of common problems!
  • Buying your shoes later in the day – To help shoes fit better, always shop for footwear in the afternoon or evening. Feet swell during the course of the day, so going later will help ensure your footwear fit correctly even when your feet are at their largest size.
  • Checking on your feet – Too many people do not give their feet much thought, but a periodic inspection—daily if you have diabetes—will help you recognize issues at their earliest, most treatable stages.
  • Protecting your feet in public places – Gym locker rooms, hotel bathrooms, and indoor pool decks are all areas where bacteria and fungus can reside. When walking in places like these, protect your feet with shower shoes or sandals.
  • Trimming toenails correctly Too many people round off their toenails—likely because we do so with our fingernails—but this can potentially result in an ingrown nail condition. Clip them straight instead.

These are some foot care practices that may be lacking in your routine, but you can further contribute to your health by coming to see our doctors at McDowell Podiatry Group as soon as you are aware of any foot or ankle issue. Too many people are quick to dismiss foot issues as being “not a big deal.” Just keep in mind that problems are often treated much more effectively at their earliest stages.

Contact our Carmichael, CA office by calling (916) 960-3434 for more information on how to keep your feet healthy. Of course, you can also use our online form to request an appointment today.

Dr. Brian McDowell
Dr. Brian McDowell, board-certified podiatrist, provides cutting-edge foot and ankle care in Carmichael, CA.
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