Quarantine and Your Feet

While we’re adhering to the shelter-in-place order, we have to remember to continue to pay attention to our bodies, including our feet! Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA, has been contacted by patients since the shelter-at-home order went into effect, many of whom were sharing concerns about their feet ranging from anywhere from injuries from walking around the house while barefoot to arch and heel pain.

When at home, many of us normally just wear slippers, socks, or go barefoot. But now we’re staying in our homes for prolonged periods; we could be walking a mile a day inside the house. And without proper foot support, many begin feeling pain in their shoulders, hips back, knees, and neck.

Regardless of whether you are out and about, or nestled at home, keep in mind that good foot health is vitally important to overall health, so be sure to give them proper support!  If you follow our five foot-health tips, your feet and whole body will remain healthy! 

 

  1. Stay hydrated. Most of us don’t drink enough water. It is a problem because hydration helps keep feet healthy and prevents things like arthritis pain, and gout. So try to drink anywhere from two liters to a half-gallon of water daily.

 

  1. Get up and walk. Even if you’re just outside in your yard or inside the home, wearing proper footwear and walking - is a vital way to help prevent injuries and keep you fit. So try to walk at least 30 minutes each day to get the most health benefits.

 

  1. Limit foods that are high in sugar. It is important for people with diabetes because foods high in sugar and fat can make nerve conditions in the feet even worse and result in complications such as infections. To avoid temptation, always keep healthy snacks such as nuts and/or vegetables on hand.

 

  1. Maintain proper foot hygiene. Taking daily care of your feet is important to protect you against issues such as ingrown toenails. Wash your feet each day using a mild soap, dry them properly, and cut your toenails at least once every two weeks.

 

Follow these tips from Dr. Hubert Lee, at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA, and you’ll enjoy happy and healthy feet all summer long. If you’re experiencing any issues with your feet, contact us today at (425) 455-0936 to discuss what’s happening.

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