This April is National Foot Health Awareness Month. One of the largest health epidemics right now is diabetes. Diabetes affects millions of Americans each year and can consequently create numerous foot problems. Nerve and blood vessel damage in your feet can lead to numbness and tingling. Without feeling in your feet, it’s easier to let ailments like blisters and ulcers slide because you aren’t aware of them. This month, and every month, we encourage everyone to practice good foot care habits. Here are some of our biggest dos and don’ts for keeping your feet healthy!
DON’T Avoid Your Doctor
This includes your podiatrist! Working alongside a team of diabetic specialists will ensure that you’re staying healthy and can catch any complications before they turn serious. A trusted podiatrist is helpful for regular checkups, and they can give you personalized foot care tips.
DO Stay Active
Get your heart racing with a daily exercise regime! Not only will it help control blood sugar levels, but it can help lessen any strain on your legs and ankles, preventing pain and discomfort. If you’re worried about foot pain, choose something low impact, like bike riding, walking, swimming, or yoga.
DON’T Say No to Orthotics
DO Take Care of Your Feet Daily
One of the simplest ways you can keep your feet healthy? Wash them every day. Use lukewarm water and mild soap. Alternatively, have a foot soak with Epsom salts to ease inflammation and reduce foot odor. Be sure to dry your feet well after, including in between your toes.
At Advanced Foot Care of NJ, LLC, Dr. Anant Joshi and his staff treat a range of conditions and are committed to providing results. To schedule an appointment, contact his office in Woodland Park, NJ, at 973-256-0002.