Podiatrist | 815-477-9221 | 39 S Virginia St Crystal Lake, IL 60014-5826

Foot Care Guidelines

footpain

Don’t ignore foot pain. It is not normal. If you experience any type of persistent pain in the foot or ankle, please contact our office

footexam

Inspect your feet regularly. Pay attention to changes in color and temperature. Look for thick or discolored nails (a sign of developing fungus), and check for cracks or cuts in the skin. Peeling or scaling on the soles of feet may indicate Athlete’s Foot. Any growth on the foot is not considered normal.

washingfeet

Wash your feet regularly, especially between the toes, and be sure to dry them completely.

trimtoes

Trim toenails straight across, but not too short. Be careful not to cut nails in corners or on the sides; this can lead to ingrown toenails. Persons with diabetes, poor circulation, or heart problems should not treat their own feet, because they are more prone to infection.

showfitting

Make sure that your shoes fit properly. Purchase new shoes later in the day when feet tend to be at their largest, and replace worn out shoes as soon as possible.

rightshow

Select and wear the right shoe for each sport or activity that you are engaged in (e.g., running shoes for running).

switchshoes

Alternate shoes—don’t wear the same pair of shoes every day.

barefoot

Avoid walking barefooted. Your feet will be more prone to injury and infection. At the beach or when wearing sandals always use sunblock on your feet.

homeremedy

Be cautious when using home remedies for foot ailments. Self-treatment may turn a minor problem into a major one.

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If you are a diabetic, please contact our office and schedule a check-up at least once a year.