Foot resolutions

Tis the season for resolutions and our office would like you to remember your feet this season. We have ten tips to help keep your feet happy and healthy throughout 2014.

Keep your feet clean and dry. Any excess moisture between the toes can create a great environment for a fungal infection to begin.

Examine your feet for problems.

Cut toenails properly. Cut nails straight across and avoid trimming too close to the skin or drastically rounding the corners of the nails, which can cause painful, ingrown toenails.

Don’t hide “ugly” toenails with polish. Applying nail polish to an infected nail could make the problem worse.

Protect your feet in public areas. Be sure to wear shower shoes at the gym, in locker rooms, and at public pools.

Avoid sharing footgear.

Head off sweaty feet. Your feet have sweat glands galore — 250,000 in each foot! Perspiration creates the perfect environment for bacteria to set up shop.

Choose breathable footwear. To help keep your feet dry and healthy, wear shoes made of leather to allow air to circulate.

Wear shoes that fit properly. Shop for shoes at the end of the day to compensate for foot swelling that occurs later in the day, and wear the same type of socks or hosiery you’ll be wearing with the shoes.

Know when to see a doctor. Allowing a doctor to take a look will help prevent minor problems from becoming major ones