Healthy Foot Hints
Daily foot care will help you prevent painful conditions such as ingrown toenails, corns, calluses, and infections. Inspecting your feet every day enables you to discover potential problems and seek help early, before severe pain or infection occurs. Regularly cleansing and moisturizing your feet helps to prevent infections. If you are unable to care for your feet, and a family member or friend is not available to help, consider regular visits to your doctor or a reputable nail salon.
- Do not walk barefoot, especially if you are elderly or have diabetes.
- Before putting your shoes on, check the inside for hidden foreign objects and remove them.
- Examine your feet daily, especially between your toes, looking for blisters, cracks, cuts, or ulcers.
- Wash your feet with a gentle soap daily. Test water temperature on your wrist before putting your feet in the water. Dry your feet well, particularly between the toes.
- If the areas between your toes (web spaces) tend to stay moist, cleanse with alcohol or peroxide and dry with a soft cloth, then apply athlete’s foot powder.
- After washing, apply moisturizing lotion to dry skin, avoiding the web spaces.
- Moisturize dry skin that tends to crack and scale by applying lotion (Crisco is an inexpensive, best option) before you go to bed. You may want to wear socks to prevent soiling the bed sheets.
Calluses and Corns
- Use a pumice stone, callus file, or foot file (available at most
- drug stores) to gently remove thickened skin. At first, file the callus or corn daily after soaking your feet in warm soapy water. When the callus or corn is controlled, keep it in check by weekly filing.
- NEVER use chemicals or sharp instruments to trim calluses.
- Trim the nails straight across.
- Use a soft toothbrush to clean around and under the nails.
- AVOID “Bathroom Surgery.” Do not use sharp objects to cut calluses or dig under the nail or at the skin fold that borders the nail.