HEALTHY FEET

Take care of your feet and they’ll take care of you.

Podiatric care offers long-term benefits for active people of all ages: athletes, children, professionals, seniors. Healthy feet and ankles are integral to the health of your entire body. They support your physical frame, and are involved in almost every move you make.

Each of your feet is an intricate, complex structure containing 26 bones, with thirty-three joints, 107 ligaments, 19 muscles, and tendons holding the structure together and allowing movement. The average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day, covering several miles. Over a lifetime, those steps add up to about 115,000 miles — more than four times the circumference of the globe. Peak physical well being depends on feet that function properly.

 

Everyday Foot Care

  • Wear properly fitting, protective footwear, even in your own home.
  • Walking is the best exercise for your feet.
  • A shoe with a firm sole and soft upper is best for daily activities.
  • Use ice (cold) rather than heat to treat an injury. Ice prevents swelling and pain.
  • Trim or file your toenails straight across.
  • Never cut corns and calluses with a razor, pocketknife, or other such instrument.
  • Bathe your feet daily in lukewarm water with a mild soap, and moisturize.
  • Foot and ankle pain is not normal! Seek medical attention for injury, infection, redness, swelling, cracks in the skin or sores.
  • Have your feet examined by your podiatrist twice a year.

On-the-Job Foot Health
Learn more about taking care of your feet at the workplace by clicking here.