To care for your feet:
- Keep your feet clean. Wash your feet regularly.
- Check your feet often (or ask a family member to do it for you). Look for cuts or any changes.
- Make sure your feet are dry before putting on your shoes. Fungus thrives in warm, moist areas, so if you get a fungus infection, treat it immediately.
- Keep blood moving to your feet. For instance:
- Put your feet up when you are sitting down.
- Get a gentle foot massage.
- Take a warm foot bath.
- Don't sit for a long time or keep your legs crossed for too long.
- The shoes you wear should:
- Fit properly so unnecessary pressure doesn't hurt your feet. (To learn more, click here.)
- Support your feet.
- Be made of natural materials or materials that absorb moisture and let air pass (so your feet can breathe more easily).
- Be alternated instead of wearing the same pair every day.
- To prevent infections:
- Keep your feet clean and dry - including the area between toes.
- Consider dusting your feet every day with foot powder.
- Change shoes and socks or stocks often.
- Don't buy tight shoes.
- Common foot conditions can often be treated at home or with an over the counter product you can purchase at a pharmacy. Some conditions and remedies are discussed in Common Foot Problems And What To Do About Them. Also ask your local pharmacist if there are over the counter remedies that can help.
- If you have a continuing problem, call your family doctor or a doctor who specializes in treating feet (known as a "Podiatrist.") You can locate a podiatrist at: www.localpodiatry.com
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