An Intro to Foot Care
The human foot is a complex structure of twenty-six bones, plus a network of ligaments, muscles, and blood vessels working together to support the weight of the entire body. Consequently, the feet are subject to many problems, most of which can be detected during a simple examination. Symptoms of serious health disorders such as diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, and arteriosclerosis often manifest in the lower extremity and your podiatrist is well trained to detect these.
Special Steps for Improved Foot Health
- Prevent foot problems before they occur.
- Include a visit to your podiatrist as part of your annual health check-up.
- Trim your toenails straight across and only to the tips of your toes.
- Never use harsh commercial medications or 'home remedies' for any foot problems.
- When purchasing new shoes, allow plenty of room for your toes to insure a proper fit.
- Seek professional treatment for acute foot problems to prevent them from being chronic.
Special Note to Women
- Try to wear low-heel shoes whenever possible.
- High heel shoes should be comfortable and well fitted.
- Respond quickly to foot discomfort, foot pain is not a necessary element of fashion.