The Foot And Ankle Healthcare Center
Metro Nashville - Madison, TN
Dr. Carmen April
Basic Foot Care Guidelines
1. Don't Ignore foot pain. It is NOT normal. If you experience any type of persistent pain in the foot or ankle, please contact our office.
2. Inspect your feet regularly. Pay attention to changes in color and temperature. Look for thickened or discolored nails (a sign or developing fungus), and check for cracks or cuts in the skin. Peeling or scaling on the soles of the feet may 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; this can lead to ingrown nails. 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 each sport or activity that you are engaged in (e.g., 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. Always use sunblock on your feet when at the beach or when wearing sandals.
9. Be cautious when using home remedies for foot ailments. Self-treatment may turn in a minor problem into a major one.
10. If you are a diabetic, please contact our office and schedule a check-up at least once per year.