Taking Care of Your Feet for a Lifetime
6. Trim Your Toenails Each Week or When Needed
Trim your toenails with clippers after you
wash and dry your feet.
Trim toenails straight across and smooth them
with an emery board or nail file.
Don't cut into the corners of the
If you can't see well, or if your toenails
are thick or yellowed, have a foot care doctor trim them.
7. Wear Shoes and Socks at All Times
Wear shoes and socks at all times. Do not
walk barefoot -- not even indoors -- because it is easy to step on something
and hurt your feet.
Always wear socks, stockings, or nylons with
your shoes to help avoid blisters and sores.
Choose socks made of cotton or wool. They
help keep your feet dry.
Check the insides of your shoes before you
put them on to be sure the lining is smooth and that there are no objects in
Wear shoes that fit well and protect your
8. Protect Your Feet from Hot and Cold
Wear shoes at the beach or on hot
Put sun screen on the top of your feet to
Keep your feet away from radiators and open
Do not put hot water bottles or heating pads
on your feet.
Wear socks at night if your feet get cold.
Lined boots are good in winter to keep your feet warm.
Check your feet often in cold weather to
Make sure to call your doctor right away
if a cut, sore, blister, or bruise on your foot does not begin to heal after
9. Keep the Blood Flowing to Your Feet
Put your feet up when you are
Wiggle your toes for 5 minutes, 2 or 3 times
a day. Move your ankles up and down and in and out to improve blood flow in
your feet and legs.
Don't cross your legs for long periods of
Don't wear tight socks, elastic or rubber
bands, or garters around your legs.
Don't smoke. Smoking reduces blood flow to
your feet. Ask your doctor or nurse to help you stop smoking.
If you have high blood pressure or high
cholesterol, work with your health care team to lower it.