Putting Your Best Foot Forward
Submitted by Kawartha North Family Health Team
While sandal season may be nearing an end, I would still like to take this time to get you to check your feet.
For such an important part of the body, it seems to me that we often pay little attention to our “little piggies." We squeeze them into shoes that are not the perfect size because they were on sale or match our outfit, we wear high heels (ok, not everyone) to look better or add a couple inches – all in the name of vanity. So as I refreshed my summer polish, it struck me that I care more what others think of my feet than I do simply because they are so vital to my health and well-being.
Certainly, anyone with Diabetes is well accustomed to taking extra care to prevent injuries and neuropathy, but we should all take an extra moment to ensure that we are following the basic guidelines to keep our feet healthy:
- Of course, first and foremost, wear well fitted shoes with low or no heels
- Cut or file nails straight across and never shorter than the end of your toe to prevent issues such as ingrown toenails
- Do not treat Plantar warts at home – this is not a DIY project and can lead to painful scarring
- Consult a professional early to treat corns and calluses
- Exercise your feet! While there are very helpful foot exercises, a good old fashioned walk is still one of the best exercises for your feet.
So take care of your feet, and they will take care of you.
Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT