Our feet help us to get around on a daily basis, but often are taken for granted until an unexpected problem arises. Experts in the field say that proper care and treatment of the feet, beginning in childhood, can help to prevent many of the mechanical and orthopedic issues later seen in adulthood. Following a few simple rules can make a world of difference to you and your feet in the long run.
A key point is to have any suspected foot ailments checked out by a podiatrist or doctor as soon as possible. Especially with children, this critical early intervention can spare the child further trouble later in life. And for the young and old alike, it is important to wash your feet daily. Rinse off all soap and dry thoroughly, especially between the toes. Wear clean socks or stockings and make sure to change them daily. Don’t wear any that are too short or too tight. Trim toenails straight across but not too short, while making sure not to cut or dig at corners. It’s also important to remember not to trim, shave or use over-the-counter medicines to dissolve corns or calluses. Consulting with a trained foot care specialist is always your best option in these instances.
Fortunately, most foot problems can be prevented by following this Golden Rule: Be good to your feet and they’ll be good to you.
BioPed’s Hamilton location has provided non-surgical solutions for lower limb and foot problems for more than 25 years. Trained and certified pedorthists strive to help their patients alleviate foot-related discomfort so they can move through life with greater stability and peace of mind. For more information call 905-575-9797, or visit www.bioped.com.