5 SIMPLE STEPS TO HAVING HEALTHY FEET AND ANKLES

STEP 1: Choose Comfortable Shoes 

It may sound simple, but the type of shoes we wear greatly affect how our feet feel. Always choose shoes that fit the purpose of whatever activity you are engaging in. When you are exercising or running be sure to wear shoes that are comfortable and provide support. If you are dancing you should wear shoes that are designed for dancers which offer support and are stylish at the same time. Don't be afraid to ask to have your feet sized by a qualified professional. Your feet are worth it. 

STEP 2: Practice Good Foot Hygiene 

We all remember to practice good hygiene by taking regular showers and brushing our teeth. What most of us might not know is that it is important to practice good foot hygiene as well. Trim your toenails straight across to prevent ingrown toenails. Remember to moisturize during the winter months to prevent dry or cracked skin. Always dry your feet after a shower, taking a shower, taking special care to dry between the toes to avoid a foot fungus. In fact, consider using a hair dryer to dry the spaces between your toes. These steps will ensure that you have healthy feet. 

STEP 3: Keep Them Covered at all Times 

It is always important to keep a protective layering between your feet and the elements Even if you are inside it is important to keep socks, shoes, or slippers on at all times. Avoid walking barefoot anywhere. When you are barefoot you are more susceptible to injury or infection. 

STEP 4: Check Out Those Feet 

Get into a routine of checking your feet on a daily, or at the very least weekly, basis. The best time to do this is after a shower or bath. Carefully check around the toes and heels for discoloration or abrasions. If you notice anything out of the ordinary it is important to get it checked out by a professional right away. If you have diabetes it is especially important to do this on a daily basis. 

STEP 5: Come in to See Us 

Last, but certainly not least, at the first sign of trouble call us. We are the experts on your feet and ankles and should be notified immediately if anything is out of the ordinary. Remember, healthy feet are not painful feet. Our job is to make sure that your feet are at their best and not painful. The sooner you come to see us the quicker you can be on your way and back to normal. Please don't hesitate to call us at 817-481-4000 to schedule your appointment either in Grapevine or Keller. So many times people wait to come in because they are afraid of what they may find out, and so many times the problem is so easily fixed. The sooner the problem is found, the sooner the problem is fixed! 

Give Us a Call, We are Here to Help 

If you or someone you love is experiencing any distress in your feet and ankles, please give us a call at 817-481-4000 and make an appointment to come in and see us. You can also find us on the Internet at www.footdoc.org. We will take the time to listen to you, understand your concerns, and then offer the best treatment options. The next step is yours! 

Dedicated to your health, 
Richard A. Nichols, DPM 
Alliance Foot & Ankle Specialists 

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