At Texas Foot Specialists we most often address how to deal with podiatric problems after they occur. But, we’d love to help our patients find ways to prevent foot and ankle issues from happening in the first place. There are many opportunities to be proactive about the health of your feet. Below are some of our favorites:
Wear good shoes. This is one of the most significant ways to protect your feet and prevent a host of foot and ankle problems from sprains to plantar fasciitis. Many patients are wearing shoes that are the wrong size for their feet. Get your feet professionally measured and purchase shoes that fit properly, are comfortable and have good arch and ankle support. A roomy toe box will help you avoid toe deformities like bunions and hammertoes.
Watch your weight. It can be easy to put on a few pounds—especially during the holiday season when feasting and treats are the order of the day. For your feet, the problem is that one pound gained puts and extra 3-4 pounds of pressure on your knees, ankles and feet. Excess weight can cause foot issues and make existing conditions more painful.
Keep nails groomed. Trimming your toenails straight across and not too short will help avoid ingrown toenails. Never round the edges of your toenails and avoid shoes with narrow, pointy toe boxes that squeeze toes up against one another.
Conduct regular self-exams. It’s a good idea to periodically check your feet for changes. Moles or marks, bumps, redness, bruising, swelling or other abnormalities can be the first symptoms of a foot disorder.
If you notice anything unusual, it’s important to bring it to the attention of our podiatrists, Dr. Gregory Mangum and Dr. Bruce Miller.
Contact our Pasadena (281) 991-0600, Sugar Land (281) 242-4448 or Houston (713) 664-6677 office to make an appointment today.