We perform many important services here in our Twin Falls, ID podiatrist office—like diabetic foot care, heel pain relief, and arthritic condition treatment, but one you may overlook is skin and nail care. These may seem to be superficial concerns, but many may need to be addressed, if for no other reason than “quality of life.”
Some of the top skin care practices for feet to keep them in good health are:
- Wash feet daily. Feet and toes should be washed every day with soap and warm water. This is an important habit for helping to prevent a fungal or bacterial infection. You may wish to choose an antibacterial soap, but make sure it is not harsh and doesn’t dry out the skin.
- Keep them from being too wet… Bacterial and fungal infections tend to be rather common for feet and toes. A major reason is that though microorganisms might not sunlight to survive, they definitely need moisture. Feet can be a source of moisture because they rely on hundreds of thousand sweat glands to keep them cool and prevent excessive dryness. Always dry feet completely before putting on socks and then replace those socks if they become damp.
- …or too dry! Although moisture can be bad, so too can excessive dryness. Feet that are overly dry can become callused and/or cracked. This can cause pain and even increase infection risk (by providing a path into the body).
- Protect your feet. Fungal, bacterial, and viral infections can be picked up in areas where other people commonly walk barefoot. This means you should wear shower shoes or sandals to protect your feet if you are walking on a pool deck, in a gym locker room, or using a communal showering area.
- Wear shoes that fit. This is a simple tip that will help you prevent not only skin issues like corns, calluses, and blisters, but also structural and gait problems and sport injuries. Not sure what a proper shoe fit is for you? We can help!
- Wear socks and shoes that keep feet dry. Since dry feet are less hospitable to the microorganisms that can cause uncomfortable infections, promote them by wearing socks that wick moisture and shoes made from breathable materials.
For more information, or professional care for stubborn skin or nail conditions, call Advanced Foot and Ankle at (208) 731-6321 or schedule an appointment online at our Twin Falls or Burley, ID offices.