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Keep your feet and toes in tip-top shape 

Keep your feet and toes in tip-top shape

Thursday, May 2, 2024

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Your feet carry you everywhere. Make sure you give them the love they deserve. Here are some easy tips from the American Academy of Dermatology to care for your feet and prevent some of the most common issues.  

 

Wear shoes that fit properly  

Wearing the right pair of shoes goes a long way to prevent problems like corns and blisters. When choosing your shoes, you want to make sure they aren’t too loose or too tight. Get your feet measured to ensure you have the perfect fit. Want more tips for choosing the right shoes? We’ve got you covered.  

Trim your toenails  

If your toenails are too long, it can also cause corns. It can also lead to ingrown toenails, which can be painful. Keep your toenails short by trimming them regularly. Trim your toenails by cutting them straight across. Make sure to sanitize your nail tools after use.  

Moisturize your feet after bathing  

One of the easiest ways to deal with dry or cracked heels is to moisturize them. Instead of applying it on dry skin, apply the cream after your shower or bath when your feet are still damp to lock in the moisture. Look for moisturizers with 10-25% urea, alpha hydroxy acid, or salicylic acid.  

Wear shower shoes or sandals in areas like gyms, locker rooms and pools  

Spending time in humid environments like spas and locker rooms can increase your risk for nail fungus and athlete’s foot. Wearing flip-flops or shower shoes instead of walking around barefoot can keep your feet safe.  

Keep a clean, fresh pair of socks  

No one likes the feeling of wet socks, but worse than that, excess moisture can lead to nail fungus. Change your socks after working out or doing yard work. Wearing moisture-wicking socks can also keep your socks fresh longer.  

If you have any questions or concerns about the health of your feet, contact your primary care provider or dermatologist. 

 

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