Your feet do a lot for you. Isn’t it time you did something for them?
If you think about all the time you spend walking up and down stairs, pounding the pavement, or walking around in tight shoes or high heels it’s not all that shocking to admit that your feet are put through a lot of abuse every day. Our Albuquerque podiatrists - Dr. Mark Haas, Dr. Zachery Haas, and Dr. Matthew Cobb - offer up some ways to keep feet looking and feeling their best so they can work hard for you.
Proper foot care is an art and one that most people forget about. Of course, if you are concerned about blisters, ingrown toenails or other issues then it’s time you took the precautions necessary to keep your feet feeling great.
Remove Calluses Safely
If you are a healthy adult who is dealing with annoying calluses there is a safe way to rid your feet of them. Soak feet in warm water for about 10 minutes to help soften the skin. Once your feet have soaked, carefully use a pumice stone to remove the callus. It is not recommended to use a razor to cut a callus, as you may cut too deep. Those with diabetes, nerve damage or circulation problems in their feet should not do this themselves. If you have calluses, visit our Albuquerque foot doctors to have them properly removed.
Keep Toenails Trimmed
While people know to keep their toenails trimmed, many people don’t know that there are dos and don’ts to keeping toenails prim and proper. You may be tempted to cut your nails at a curved angle, but it’s always best to trim them straight across. Why? This will prevent ingrown toenails. Be careful never to trim toenails too short. They should always be level with the tips of your toes.
Footwear is Important
The shoes you wear can make or perhaps even literally break your feet. While it might seem easier just to wear the same old high heels or work shoes every day, you are going to do yourself a great disservice in the future. When shoes get old and worn they aren’t providing your feet with the support they need. Toss them out and then head to a shoe store. Need more arch support? Looking for more room in the toe box to prevent bunion irritation? These are all requests you can ask of a footwear professional to get the shoes you should be wearing.
Do you have questions about how to care for your feet? Are you experiencing any symptoms or changes that you need checked out? Then don’t hesitate to call Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists. We are proud to provide the very best foot care in Albuquerque.