Happy 2017! Chances are, earlier this week, you made some New Year’s resolutions. Perhaps you want to further your career, make better dietary choices, or spend more time with your family. These are all admirable goals! One important New Year’s resolution you might not have considered is improving your foot health. At our podiatry practice, Austin foot doctor, Jeffery LaMour, and our team understand just how crucial caring for your feet is. Your podiatric health can affect your lifestyle, overall well-being, and happiness. We’ve made it our mission to help our patients enhance their lives by repairing, maintaining, and enhancing their feet. In the following blog, find out about our recommendations for starting 2017 out on the right foot.
Don’t Shower Your Feet with Disease
Many people don’t realize just how sensitive and susceptible to infection their feet are. Dr. LaMour always recommends wearing waterproof shoes to protect your feet from the fungi, bacteria, dirt, and who-knows-what-else that lurks in gym showers, on locker room floors, and generally on any public, moist floor. NHS advises: “wear flip-flops to avoid catching athlete’s foot [a type of fungal infection] and verrucas [tough growths similar to warts that can develop on the bottoms of your feet] when you use public areas such as gym showers, swimming pools, or hotel bathrooms.” Of course, if you do become infected with a condition like athlete’s foot, Dr. LaMour and our team can treat you, but prevention is the best medicine.
Practice Good Podiatric Grooming
Having long, dark, hard toenails and feet covered in calluses can be both uncomfortable and embarrassing. Implementing some simple techniques can help you enjoy feet that look and feel great this year. Washing your feet daily cuts down on odor and reduces your risk for infections. You should also trim and file your toenails at least once per month. In addition to making you feel more confident in open-toed shoes, giving yourself a routine pedicure can help save you the discomfort of ingrown toenails.
If you want to go above and beyond for beautiful feet, you can follow Rebekah George’s tips in her Prevention piece, “Secrets of Perpetually Pretty Feet.” She provides easy, at-home solutions for a wide variety of foot maintenance concerns, from thick toenails (“coat nails nightly with Vaseline”) to calluses (“exfoliate daily”).
Get Regular Podiatric Check-Ups
One of the best things you can do for your feet in the New Year is to stay updated with your podiatric care. Dr. LaMour and our team would be delighted to see you for your annual examination. At this appointment, we can teach you more about foot care, catch any conditions before they worsen, and provide more customized suggestions for attractive, healthy feet this year.
Enjoy Healthy Feet in 2017
Are you ready to make a resolution for your foot health? Simply applying any one (or even all) of the above tips could help make this year the best yet for your precious pads. Contact us today to find out more and schedule your next appointment with your Austin foot doctor!