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  • General Tips
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    General Tips

     
     
    1. Don't ignore foot pain. It's not normal. If the pain persists, contact our office.

    2. 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 could indicate Athlete's foot. Any growth on the foot is not considered normal.

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

    4. Trim toenails straight across, but not too short. Be careful not to cut nails in corners or on the sides; it 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.

    5. 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.

    6. Select and wear the right shoe for the activity that you are engaged in (i.e. running shoes for running).

    7. Alternate shoes - don't wear the same pair of shoes every day.

    8. 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 as the rest of your body.

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

    10. If you are a diabetic, contact our office at least once a year for a check-up.
     
  • Blisters
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    Blisters

     
     

    Most blisters are caused by friction or minor burns and do not require medical attention. New skin will form underneath the affected area and the fluid is simply absorbed. You can soothe ordinary blisters with vitamin E ointment or an aloe-based cream.

    Do not puncture a blister unless it is large, painful, or likely to be further irritated. If you have to pop a blister, use a sterilized needle or razor blade (to sterilize it, put the point or edge in a flame until it is red hot, or rinse it in alcohol). Wash the area thoroughly, then make a small hole and gently squeeze out the clear fluid. Apply a dab of hydrogen peroxide to help protect against infection.

    If the fluid is white or yellow, the blister is infected and needs medical attention. Do not remove the skin over a broken blister. The new skin underneath needs this protective cover.

    Preventing blisters

    You can prevent blisters by breaking in new shoes gradually, and putting petroleum jelly or an adhesive bandage on areas that take the rub - before the blister happens.

    Also, wear socks that have heels instead of tube socks (they bunch up and cause blisters).

    Acrylic and other synthetic-fiber socks are good choices. Because they don't breathe as well as natural fibers, however, you should wash and dry your feet after wearing them to prevent Athlete's foot.