Did you enjoy the West Palm Beach Waterfront fireworks - the longest fireworks show in Florida - or watching NYC's Times Square ball drop at Jupiter's Harbourside Place? Or did you celebrate with a quiet evening at home, toasting the New Year with friends and family?
We all have our own favorite New Year's traditions and, for most of us, that includes making resolutions. If one of your resolutions is to take better care of your health, don't forget your feet!
Simple Ways To Take Better Care of Your Feet
- Treat yourself to new, high-quality shoes that have lots of support. Visit reputable shoe stores later in the day when your feet are largest, and measure both feet every time. Make sure there is plenty of room in the toe box to allow for wiggle room.
- Get in the habit of wearing comfortable and sturdy sandals and shoes. Save your flip flops for the beach and poolside. Don't forget that your feet need sunscreen protection too!
- Check your feet daily, especially if you have diabetes. Let us know if you see anything out of the ordinary like punctures, abrasions, cracked skin or signs of fungus.
- Wash your feet every day with warm, soapy water and be sure to dry them carefully, especially between the toes.
- Moisturize daily with a rich emollient foot cream or lotion - but avoid between the toes. Soothe toenails with petroleum jelly or cuticle cream.
- Whether you do your own pedicures or visit a nail salon, make sure that your toenails are trimmed straight across. Nails that are rounded at the corners can cause painful ingrown toenails.
- Keep your feet and ankles flexible by stretching every day. This activity can help prevent injury too.
- Relax and put your feet up often during the day to take the pressure off of tendons and muscles, and to help restore circulation.
Add One More Resolution if You Have Diabetes
Foot health is so important for patients with diabetes. It's something that you just can't ignore, as even a small injury to your feet can quickly worsen into a dangerous ulcer.
Be sure to visit us at Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute at least once a year for a thorough examination. We'll assess your overall foot health and inspect your feet for any sign of injury. We'll also test your feet for loss of sensation which may mean that you have neuropathy, or nerve damage.
Wishing you and your family a very Happy and Healthy New Year!
We Can Help with Any Kind of Foot and Ankle Problems
Dr. John Schilero, DPM, board certified podiatrist has the right experience to diagnose and treat any foot or ankle problem as well as all types of sports injuries. Please call us at 561-694-7776 EXT. 41 to make an appointment at one of our four offices conveniently located in Palm Beach County. You can also request an appointment at the website. Take good care of your feet in 2017 and they will comfortably take you miles and miles!