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Taking Care of Your Feet for a Lifetime

2. Check Your Feet Every Day

You may have serious foot problems, but feel no pain. Check your feet for cuts, sores, red spots, swelling, and infected toenails. Find a time (evening is best) to check your feet each day. Make checking your feet part of your every day routine.

If you have trouble bending over to see your feet, use a plastic mirror to help. You also can ask a family member or care giver to help you.

Make sure to call your doctor right away if a cut, sore, blister, or bruise on your foot does not begin to heal after one day.

3. Wash Your Feet Every Day

Wash your feet in warm, not hot, water. Do not soak your feet, because your skin will get dry.

Before bathing or showering, test the water to make sure it is not too hot. You can use a thermometer (90 to 95 degrees F is safe) or your elbow.

Dry your feet well. Be sure to dry between your toes. Use talcum powder to keep the skin between your toes dry.

4. Keep the Skin Soft and Smooth

Rub a thin coat of skin lotion, cream, or petroleum jelly on the tops and bottoms of your feet.

Do not put lotion or cream between your toes, because this might cause an infection.

5. Smooth Corns and Calluses Gently

After bathing or showering, use a pumice stone to smooth corns and calluses. A pumice stone is a type of rock used to smooth the skin. Rub gently, only in one direction, to avoid tearing the skin.

Do not cut corns and calluses. Don't use razor blades, corn plasters, or liquid corn and callus removers -- they can damage your skin.

If you have corns and calluses, check with your doctor or foot care specialist.

Make sure to call your doctor right away if a cut, sore, blister, or bruise on your foot does not begin to heal after one day.

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