Foot Care Guidelines
While there are many specific treatments and tips for individual foot conditions, these guidelines should help those in need of general foot care and the prevention of foot conditions.
Keep your eyes open
The most important aspect of foot care is awareness. Checking your feet daily should become common practice. This is especially pertinent for those with diabetes, since neuropathy can mask the pain of foot conditions allowing them to progress unhindered.
Check between all of your toes and beneath your feet. Ask for assistance if needed. Keep an eye out for thick or discolored nails, cuts or bruises. Even the smallest issues can develop into larger concerns without correct treatment. If you detect an issue you should contact doctors Amy Miller-Guhl and David Guhl for a professional diagnosis. Scheduling an annual checkup is a great idea for maintaining awareness.
The difference between moisturized and wet
It’s important to note that while it is a good practice to keep your skin moist with lotions and skin creams, you don’t want your feet to ever stay wet for very long. Dry your feet immediately after washing them. Excess moisture between the toes increases the risk of developing skin conditions and makes it more difficult for sores to heal.
To avoid cracking and flaking skin, wash with warm water instead of hot. Just as you should wear shoes on extremely hot or cold surfaces; protect your feet from radical temperatures. Use moisturizers daily but sparingly–to avoid leaving the skin sticky or damp.
Protect those feet
Socks and shoes shouldn’t be just a fashion choice. Improper footwear is one of the most common causes of foot conditions. If you have sores or calluses, switch to thicker socks to add more cushion to those areas. Properly fitting shoes should be one of your first priorities in foot care. The slight rubbing of a seam or fabric in a shoe can cause an issue as the average person takes over 8000 steps a day. Foot specialists Amy Miller-Guhl and David Guhl can prescribe custom shoes or orthotics uniquely suited to your foot structure. Early treatment is key.
Foot and ankle pain can progress rapidly if left untreated. Contact our office for efficient care and treatment as soon as you detect a problem with your feet. While many people would prefer to “fix” a foot condition themselves, certain home remedies can be dangerous if improperly utilized. It is always best to seek treatment from a professional podiatrist treat your foot condition.
For any questions or concerns, call Waukesha Foot Specialists at our Wisconsin office at (262) 544-0700. You can also schedule an appointment online with doctors Amy Miller-Guhl and David Guhl. We’ve made it easy for patients in the Waukasha, New Berlin, Brookfield and Milwaukee areas to reach us!