Your feet worked extra hard over the holidays: trekking through the mall in search of the perfect gifts, standing in long lines, walking overtime for holiday celebrations, and putting in extra duty while you cook and bake. At Edmond Norman Foot & Ankle, we think your feet deserve a little post holiday treat. Here are a few suggestions:
Extra emollient moisturizer—Cold winter air and overheated buildings leave skin dry. On feet, dry skin can lead to cracks and fissures which are extremely painful and can also be an entry point for infection-causing bacteria. A rich and thick moisturizer will keep feet soft and supple and also feels good after a long day of walking and standing.
Cotton or wool socks—Socks made of natural fibers breathe better than ones made of synthetic materials. Although you want to keep your feet warm, if they are sweating and stuck inside dark shoes, athlete’s foot and fungal infections can occur.
Properly fitted shoes—So many foot problems can be greatly helped or even avoided altogether by wearing supportive shoes that are appropriate for the activity you are doing. If you participate in a high impact activity such as running, getting your feet fitted at a professional running footwear store can greatly increase your performance and decrease your risk of injury or other harmful foot conditions. Your foot doctor can also provide insight into your gait and foot structure which can be determining factors in your choice of footwear.
A pedicure—keeping toenails trimmed short and straight across is the best way to prevent ingrown toenails. If you choose to have a professional pedicure in a salon, check to make sure that they follow proper sanitizing procedures for tools and foot baths to avoid fungal nail infections.
Of course the best gift you can give your feet is to take care of them year round. If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort, make an appointment at either our Edmond or Norman office. Our board certified podiatrist, Dr. A. Bil Buksh offers comprehensive foot and ankle care for any concerns you may have and can also answer questions about your feet and offer suggestions for care regimens that will keep your feet healthy for many holiday seasons to come.