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12 Tips For Healthy Feet

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You know your heart needs a lot of TLC but so do your feet! After all, they are the workhorses of your body, taking an average of 5,000 steps a day. That’s 2.5 miles! Not to mention that your feet have to bear the weight of your body every step of the way. Those hard-working feet deserve a little more attention than you’re probably giving them. Here are some tips to help keep them healthy.

1 - Take care of your diabetes

  • Work with your health care team to keep your blood sugar within a good range

2 - Check your feet every day

  • Look at your bare feet every day for cuts, blisters, red spots, and swelling.
  • Use a mirror to check the bottoms of your feet or ask a family member for help if you have trouble seeing.

3 - Wash your feet every day

  • Wash your feet in warm, not hot, water every day.
  • Dry your feet well. Be sure to dry between the toes

4 - Keep the skin soft and smooth

  • Rub a thin coat of skin lotion over the tops and bottoms of your feet, but not between your toes.

5 - Smooth corns and calluses gently

  • Use a pumice stone to smooth corns and calluses.

6 - Trim your toenails each week or when needed

  • Trim your toenails straight across and file the edges with an emery board or nail file.

7 - Wear shoes and socks at all times

  • Never walk barefoot.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that fit well and protect your feet.
  • Feel inside your shoes before putting them on each time to make sure the lining is smooth and there are no objects inside.

8 - Protect your feet from hot and cold

  • Wear shoes at the beach or on hot pavement.
  • Wear socks at night if your feet get cold.

9 - Keep the blood flowing to your feet

  • Put your feet up when sitting.
  • Wiggle your toes and move your ankles up and down for 5 minutes, 2 or 3 times a day.
  • Don't cross your legs for long periods of time.
  • Don't smoke.

10 - Be more active

  • Plan your physical activity program with your doctor.

11 - Check with your doctor

  • Have your doctor check your bare feet and find out whether you are likely to have serious foot problems. Remember that you may not feel the pain of an injury.
  • Call your doctor right away if a cut, sore, blister, or bruise on your foot does not begin to heal after one day.
  • Follow your doctor's advice about foot care.

12 - Get started now

  • Begin taking good care of your feet today.
  • Set a time every day to check your feet.​

Sources

  • WebMD Public Information from the U.S. National Institutes of Health
  • The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases of The National Institute of Health. Publication: Foot Care Tips. July 1997. Last revised October 1999. (Online) http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health/diabetes/feet/feet2/tips.htm