1. Try on All of Your Fall/Winter Shoes
As the cooler weather approaches, our feet can quickly feel the effects. Probably the easiest way to combat foot and ankle issues in the Fall is to try on, and examine, all of your shoes that you plan to wear. Make sure that you have enough wiggle room for your toes and the sides of your feet, notice if there is any abnormal wearing out of one side or the other, and be sure to check for cracks or holes in each pair to prevent water from coming into your shoes.
2. Caring For Cracks
Feet have been the main transportation since the cavemen. Just like our vehicles, feet must be prepared for extreme climate changes. Equally important, we need to inspect our feet daily during winter, especially if we have been exposed to freezing temperatures. For the same reason that pot holes develop in the street, cracks in our feet can happen due to moisture (sweat) and cold weather. You should always make sure any cracks in your feet are being taken care of during cold temperatures. Apply thick lotion to these areas daily. If advised by your podiatrist, you may apply a small amount of antibiotic cream twice a week. We carry a wide variety of hydrating options at each of our locations as well.
3. Take a Nail-Polish Break
In the fall, your toenails aren’t constantly on display in flip-flops and sandals like in the warmer months. It’s the perfect time of year to give your toe-nails a break from everyday polish wear. Even if it’s just simply for the next two weeks before Thanksgiving. Due to the chemicals it contains, nail polish can deteriorate the nail bed overtime and cause unnecessary discoloration. Certainly, this is the easiest action step you can take.
4. Draw the Alphabet Each Morning This Month
This is a great exercise to “wake up” the deep muscles within the foot. Due to its engagement in range of motion, this exercise is the perfect way to prep your foot muscles for long hours in the kitchen on Thanksgiving. Using your big toe as a pointer, trace the alphabet in the air as if you were writing in the sand. Do this once with each foot in the morning and at night.
5. Finally Treat Those Calluses
A lot of times we can take the “out of sight out of mind” approach with our feet, especially during the colder months when we can easily cover them up. Now is the best time to finally address and treat those pesky calluses. Our Doctors at Da Vinci Foot and Ankle can help diagnose why and how your callus was formed by examining your footwear, looking at the way you walk and where you hold the most pressure, and with repetitive cases we can take x-rays of your feet to look at the underlying bony structure to determine if there are any abnormalities that might contribute to forming a callus.
6. Face your Fears of Surgery
Because of the unknown, surgery can be a scary process. Our Doctors are open and willing to discuss with you all surgical options and every step of them from pre-op to post healing. Surgery (while always our last resort), can be a game changer for someone who has suffered from bunions or severe pain from hammer toes.
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If you have been wondering about surgical options, we encourage you to set up an appointment with one of our Podiatrists and learn all of the ins and outs. Additionally, we are here to help you conquer your fears and put your mind at ease.