As you bid adieu to 2015 and welcome in 2016 here in our Sacramento, CA community, this is the perfect opportunity to evaluate various aspects of your life and decide to make changes. Of course, one could do this any time during the year, but New Year’s Day is a nice, clean starting point for resolutions.
For many individuals, New Year’s resolutions are centered on making healthy lifestyle changes. Getting more exercise and eating well are popular choices. Actually, given their importance in foot and ankle health, we think those are great options, and so is placing greater emphasis on foot care practices.
Caring for feet tends to be overlooked until a patient has to come in for treatment of an issue—many of which could have been avoided with a little extra effort or attention. At McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group we want you to stay safe and avoid foot and ankle injuries, so here are some healthy foot tips that can help in the New Year:
- Only wear shoes that fit well. Far too many patients need treatment that could have been prevented with a different choice of footwear. Wear models that have room in the front (not too tight) and low heels. Pointy shoes cramp your toes and can lead to calluses and ingrown toenails. High-heeled styles place excessive pressure on the front of the foot.
- Stretch daily. Stretching exercises for your calf muscles and Achilles tendons are particularly effective when it comes to injury prevention.
- Exercise regularly. There are a variety of reasons that physical exercise is necessary for your health, including improved circulation. This is important for ensuring that your feet and ankles receive the nutrients they need to stay strong and healthy.
- Practice good hygiene. Washing your feet daily is a key step for reducing the risk of contamination from microorganisms.
These suggested habits are essential components of a comprehensive foot care plan that will protect your lower extremities and reduce your risk of potentially serious medical issues. For more tips for healthy feet, or to have any questions answered, contact McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group and we will be glad to help.
When you need information or expert foot and ankle treatment, simply call (916) 961-3434. You can also take advantage of the online form found here on our website to schedule an appointment with our Carmichael, CA podiatrist office today.