New Year’s Resolution: What’s Yours?

Dr. Menke of Da Vinci Foot and Ankle’s ‘New Year’s Resolution’ is to help you have Healthy and Happy Feet for 2018.

Simple Tips for 2018

New In, Old Out

Let’s start out by bringing in the new and throwing out the old. Look around the house and in your closets and clothes drawers. Any sneakers or shoes that have holes or that are extremely worn… throw them out! Yes! Even in this economy, the risk to your feet outweighs the benefits of keeping them.

Heels/Good Quality Shoes
Sometimes, minor repairs to the heels and soles of good quality shoes can be done by a reputable shoe repair place. Though, these are increasingly hard to find, I suggest you invest the time to do so in order to maintain the longevity of them and your feet.

Sneakers cannot be repaired, especially if they show excess wear on the outside or inside of the heels. However, this is valuable information to your Podiatrist. Therefore we suggest you either take a picture of the sneakers or save one pair for your Podiatrist’s evaluation.

Any socks that have holes in them are not “Holy” but very bad for your foot health. We recommend socks that have a blend of cotton and polyester material.This combination wicks moisture off of the foot. Cotton material will keep moisture on the foot and could potentially cause a fungal infection.

Heel Pain Plantar Fasciitis

Happy Healthy Feet for 2018

Other foot tips for keeping your feet Happy and Healthy for 2018 are:

  1. Inspect your feet daily for cracks, ingrown toenails, rashes, blisters or sores. If you see any infection or cause of concern, call your Podiatrist immediately, don’t wait!
  2. Wash your feet daily and make sure you dry between the toes thoroughly. Your feet are the last body parts to be dried and can be easily overlooked. This would also be a good time to use a pumice like stone to smooth any callus’ that you feel. Never use any type of sharp object on your feet (don’t be a bathroom surgeon).
  3. Trim your toenails straight across, never in the corners, as this may cause ingrown toenails.
  4. Moisturize your feet daily, preferably with a cream. Never moisturize between the toes…this can cause a fungus and/or bacterial infection.

Lastly, be aware of foot deformities that you were not paying attention to during the hustle and bustle of Holiday shopping. Like bunions, hammer toes, heel pain and non-healing sores. Make 2018 the year you take care of your feet. And ask your Grandkids and children how their feet are doing!

Prevention is the key to good foot health. We are given only one pair that has to last a lifetime…so let’s keep them happy and healthy for they are the foundation of our body.

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