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MORE TIPS Caring for your feet



Published: Tue, May 1, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



Don't ignore foot pain. It's not normal, regardless of your age. If the pain persists, see your doctor or a podiatric physician.

Inspect your feet regularly. Pay attention to changes in color and temperature of your feet, and check for cracks or cuts in the skin. Watch for thick or discolored nails (a sign of developing fungus) and peeling or scaling on the soles of the feet, which could indicate athlete's foot.

Seek medical attention at the first sign of a foot injury or infection. Use home remedies for foot aliments only on the advice of your doctor or podiatrist. Never cut corns or calluses with a razor or pocket knife. Self-treatment can turn minor problems into major ones.

Wash your feet regularly, especially between the toes, and dry them completely.

Trim toenails straight across, but not too short. Be careful not to cut nails in corners or on the sides, which can lead to ingrown toenails.

Because they are more prone to infection, people with diabetes, poor circulation or heart problems should not treat their own feet. If you have diabetes, inspect your feet and toes daily, or have someone do this for you and see a podiatric physician regularly for checkups.

Make sure your shoes fit properly. Purchase new shoes later in the day, when feet tend to be at their largest, and replace worn-out shoes as soon as possible.

Do not wear constricting garters or tie your stockings in knots.

Avoid walking barefoot. Bare feet are more prone to injury and infection. When wearing sandals, always use sunscreen on your feet.




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