Most people admit that they neglect their feet. But proper foot care will help you avoid minor and serious foot problems, particularly if you suffer from peripheral foot neuropathy. Here are some important measures for better foot health:
- Wash your feet everyday to avoid infection. Avoid soaking them for too long, as this removes your natural body oils.
- Daily apply a good moisturizer, such as Neurelief Foot Crème (www.Neurelief.com) to prevent calluses and cracked skin. Don’t apply moisturizer between toes and this may cause fungal disease, such as athlete’s foot.
- Inspect your feet daily, using a mirror to see the bottom. You should look for cuts, blisters, spots and swelling.
- Cut your toenails straight across, and not too short, to avoid ingrown toenails and infection.
- Use your feet. Walk around and move them frequently. This will promote blood flow.
- Always wear shoes to avoid stubbed toes and foot injuries.
- Buy your shoes at the end of the day, when your feet are more swollen. Don’t buy shoes that feel constricting, or that feel that they rub against your heels or the bottoms of your feet.
- Wear socks to keep your feet dry, but avoid socks that are too tight, as they will constrict your circulation.
- Visit your regular physician or a podiatrist (see www.ePodiatry.com) once a year to check for foot problems before they become too problematic.
Although better foot care may help solve simple numb feet problems, many larger problems may cause numb feet. Early diagnosis and treatment may save you a lot of pain (or lack thereof) and money. Talk to your doctor if you experience numb feet frequently.
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