Most people don’t even think about their feet beyond getting a pedicure occasionally, or when they need to buy a new pair of shoes. One day you’re walking through downtown Toronto in your favorite pair of boots as usual, when you are suddenly struck with debilitating pain in your feet you never thought you would experience. You rush to the physician, worried about a part of your body you had never thought much about before. Diabetes, bursitis, and plantar fasciitis are just a few of the medical conditions that will stop you from taking the health of your feet for granted.
There are many ways to help improve the health of your feet and ankles. Hygiene, exercise, and custom orthotics prescribed by a foot specialist are just a few ways to help your aching feet. A lot of people don’t realize, but if you have diabetes, the lack of blood flow in your feet can lead to health complications that can get out of hand quickly if not dealt with swiftly and expertly.
Here are three tips for taking care of your feet:
1. Wash and dry your feet thoroughly whenever you bathe; it’s easy to forget about your feet in the shower, but make sure to reach down and get them clean. After your shower or bath, dry them thoroughly, then apply lotion, being careful to avoid getting the lotion between your toes. This is important if you are dealing with diabetes as fungal infections are more prevalent in moist conditions. Consider a foot lotion which hydrates the feet without any greasiness – some lotions dry to a powdery finish, perfect for the foot area.
2. Keep your nails trimmed, being sure to trim them straight across. This is especially important to prevent ingrown toenails. If you are dealing with diabetes, this is also critical because cuts in your feet can go unnoticed due to poor circulation and can get badly infected.
3. See a foot care specialist: there are several to choose from in Toronto. Feet First Clinic in Bloor West Village, for example, can fit you with custom orthotics made specifically for your feet to relieve pain while you walk. The orthotics are very comfortable and address fundamental gait issues you may not even have known were a problem. Through the use of gait analysis and other tests, specialists can figure out exactly how to get you back on your feet again and feeling good!
Taking care of your feet is important. Seeing a specialist who works with correcting foot issues is key to walking pain-free again, in addition to buying the best walking shoes to match your foot type and unique gait. Aside from taking better care of your nails and skin on your feet, a specialist will use gait analysis to determine exactly how you walk in order to prepare custom orthotics made specially for your feet. You’ll be amazed at how much better you will feel if you go the extra mile and really take care of your feet. Book an appointment today. You won’t regret it.
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