Men and women, do you like your feet? Do you love your feet? Depending on which question you answer, it is assumed your answer is yes. Did you know that by the age of 50, Americans are expected to have walked 75,000 miles? Foot care goes far beyond a change of nail polish or the shiniest Stacy Adams.
Caring for your feet should be just as important as caring for your heart- or your whole body for that matter. For diabetics, it could mean life or death. Diabetics are one group of people that are taught early on about the importance of proper foot care.
Based on the advice given to the 29.1 million Americans diabetics, GFE lists several of those same principles in hopes that you will incorporate them into your foot care regimen.
Foot Care Tips
1) You should examine your feet every day. Take note of any soreness- the position of where it hurts and how long it has been causing you pain.
2) Allow blood circulation to reach your feet
3) Keep your feet clean
4) Moisturize your feet to keep them from cracking and peeling but be sure not to put lotion in between your toes.
5) Foot injuries should be taken seriously. This is especially important for diabetics. Stepping on tiny, sharp objects could lead to amputation.
6) Keep your feet dry—this includes eliminating lotion from going between your toes.
7) Wear shoes with good support and comfort. Contrary to popular belief, support and comfort comes before style.
8) If you are performing any foot maintenance such as toe nail cutting, be sure to cut after bathing. It is also important to note that you should avoid cutting cuticles or the corners of your toes. Toenails should be cut straight across and filed smooth with a nail file.