Foot Care DOs and DONTs

• Check your feet daily for red spots, bruises, cuts, blisters, and dryness or cracks in the skin. Don't forget under and between toes. Press gently and feel for tenderness or hot spots -- this may indicate injury.

• Every day, wash your feet with mild soap and dry them thoroughly, especially between the toes.

• If the skin on your feet is dry, apply a lanolin base cream (but not between the toes). If your feet perspire a lot, use talcum powder.

• Wear good-fitting, soft shoes and clean socks. Smooth out wrinkles in socks. Choose new shoes carefully (comfort is more important than style) and break them in slowly.

• Avoid foot injuries by wearing shoes or slippers around the house and swim slippers at the beach or pool.

• Wear insulated boots to keep feet warm on cold days.

• Trim toenails to the contour of your toe. If you can't see them well or reach them easily, have someone do this for you.

• Buff calluses with pumice stone.

• Put hot water bottles or heating pads on your feet.

• Soak your feet (this dries out natural oils).

• Cut corns or calluses or use corn pads or corn medication.

• Wear shoes that are two tight or worn out, or round garters or tight socks that cut off circulation.

Call your Podiatrist if you have:

• A puncture wound, any foot injury that does not heal, or any pus from cuts

• Red spots (even if there is no pain) under corns and calluses

• Ingrown toenails, or thick toenails, corns, or calluses that are difficult to care for

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