Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Tips to take care of your feet

Dos
• Inspect your feet daily for injury, blisters, cracks, scratches. Pay particular attention to the areas between the toes.
• Avoid extreme temperature, whether hot or cold. Protect your feet from hot objects (hot pavement in summer, silencer of motorbikes).
• Put on properly fitting cotton socks.
• Check socks and shoes for any foreign objects daily. Check your feet at the end of the day.
• Inform your doctor about any change in skin color, pain or any unusual sensation such as tingling, burning and pricking sensation.

Dont's
• Avoid walking barefoot even inside the house.
• Do not wear ill-fitting shoes or thongs.
• Do not wear wet footwear; it can be a source of infection like athlete's foot.
• Do not remove corns and calluses by yourself.
• Do not apply plasters or corn removers or any type of adhesive tape.
• Do not use hot water bottle or heating pads on your feet.
• Avoid smoking. Smoking reduces blood circulation to the legs leading to loss of limb.
• Never use scissors, blade, nail cutter or knife to cut the nails. Using a nail filer is safe.
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