June marks National Men’s Health Month. It’s an ideal time for both men and women to learn how to take care of their feet. In today’s post, Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA, shares his tips for improving your foot health this summer.
Because your feet are vital to maintaining an active lifestyle, properly caring for them is essential. Read on and learn more from our six tips for happy, healthy feet:
- Wear footwear that fits. Wearing the appropriate footwear corresponding to a particular activity helps protect your feet from injury. Equally important, avoid shoes that are too tight, too big, or uncomfortable just to serve fashion.
- Trim your toenails properly. One of the most widespread foot conditions we treat in our office is ingrown toenails. Some patients have this condition due to genetics. Others can avoid this painful condition by trimming their toenails properly. The nail should be cut straight across and not too short because that allows the nail to grow into the surrounding skin, resulting in an ingrown toenail.
- Exfoliate your feet. Most exfoliation promotion aims toward women, yet it benefits almost everyone. Regularly exfoliating your feet can help remove bacteria and any dirt that accumulates. Doing so one or two times each week using a good but gentle foot brush keeps your feet healthy, and it feels great!e
Diabetic patients should always use caution with their footcare regimen and check with their doctor before addressing any foot conditions on their own.
- Avoid injury. Active men are susceptible to foot and ankle injuries. Pay special attention to protecting your feet from injury and never ignore pain. Contrary to belief, foot pain is not normal. If you’re experiencing any discomfort, see your podiatrist.
- Cleanse your feet daily.No one likes to be around someone whose feet stink. Daily cleansing your feet is also good for your foot health. Dirt and bacteria can accumulate between the toes and lead to fungal conditions such as Athlete’s Foot.
- Protect your feet in public places. Because of the humid and warm environment, locker rooms and public showers create the perfect growing environment for bacteria. Wearing shower shoes will protect your feet from the bacteria that cause disorders such as Athlete’s feet or foot warts.
If you have questions about foot health or are dealing with pain in your feet, contact Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA, to schedule a visit. You can schedule an appointment online or by calling us, 425-455-0936.