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What can I do to take better care of my feet?

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  • Check them daily for cuts, sores, swelling, and infected toenails.
  • Clean them in warm water, but don't soak them. That may dry them out.
  • Moisturize them daily with lotion, cream, or petroleum jelly. Don’t put moisturizer between your toes. You want to keep the skin there dry to prevent infection.
  • Avoid tight-fitting shoes.
  • Skip the flip-flops and flats.
  • Don't wearing the same pair of shoes every day.
  • Trim your toenails straight across with a nail clipper. Then use an emery board or nail file to smooth the corners.

From: Tips for Healthy Feet WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: “Warts:  Tips for managing.”

American Academy of Podiatric Practice Management: “Smelly Feet and Food Odor.”

American Diabetes Association: “Foot Complications.”

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society: “How to Practice Good Foot Hygiene.” 

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society: “Plantar fasciitis.” 

American Podiatric Medical Association: “Corns and Calluses.”

American Podiatric Medical Association: “Foot Health.”

American Podiatric Medical Association: “Heel pain.”

American Podiatric Medical Association: “Sweaty Feet.”

Bassett, D. , October 2010. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise

Medline Plus: “Foot Health.”

National Diabetes Education Program: “Take Care of Your Feet for a Lifetime.”

National Institutes of Health.

American Podiatric Medical Association: "New study shows high heels are biggest culprit of female foot pain."

American Podiatric Medical Association: "New survey reveals majority of Americans suffer from foot pain."

University of Wyoming: “Step Conversions.”

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on May 02, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: “Warts:  Tips for managing.”

American Academy of Podiatric Practice Management: “Smelly Feet and Food Odor.”

American Diabetes Association: “Foot Complications.”

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society: “How to Practice Good Foot Hygiene.” 

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society: “Plantar fasciitis.” 

American Podiatric Medical Association: “Corns and Calluses.”

American Podiatric Medical Association: “Foot Health.”

American Podiatric Medical Association: “Heel pain.”

American Podiatric Medical Association: “Sweaty Feet.”

Bassett, D. , October 2010. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise

Medline Plus: “Foot Health.”

National Diabetes Education Program: “Take Care of Your Feet for a Lifetime.”

National Institutes of Health.

American Podiatric Medical Association: "New study shows high heels are biggest culprit of female foot pain."

American Podiatric Medical Association: "New survey reveals majority of Americans suffer from foot pain."

University of Wyoming: “Step Conversions.”

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on May 02, 2019

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