Have You Had Your Daily Does of Foot Care?

 Father’s Day is just around the corner and what better gift could there be than foot care?  Knowledge of how to correctly care for your feet is a wonderful gift, but Dad might also appreciate a day at the spa having his feet spruced up.  Most of us don’t take care of our feet very well on a daily basis.  We sometimes take them for granted, but they do so much for us that we should give back to them too.

Keeping your feet looking nice and feeling great shouldn’t be a chore.  It should be a daily routine you look forward to performing.  Start by soaking your feet in warm water for a few minutes.  Try adding some essential oils or black tea to the water.  After you’ve relaxed for a bit, use a pumice stone or emery board on your calluses.  Moisturize your feet if they’re very dry or cracked, but don’t put any lotion between your toes, as they might stay too moist, which could increase the risk of fungal infection.  Trim your nails, but not too short.

Taking care of your feet doesn’t end with just washing and grooming them.  Your footwear is also a crucial element of having healthy feet.  Choose shoes that offer support for your heels and arches.  Wear ones that are appropriate for the activity you are doing.  If you’ll be standing for a long time, you might consider adding a gel insert that will offer more cushioning.  When you do wear sandals, make sure you apply sunscreen to the exposed parts of your feet consistently throughout the day to prevent skin damage or melanoma!

Foot care is a rewarding experience; after all, they do take you everywhere you want to go.  Call Dr. John Hollander at 707-578-1222 to schedule an appointment in our Santa Rosa, CA office.  We will answer your questions and give you more tips on taking care of your feet.