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By Crofton Podiatry
February 15, 2017
Category: Feet Safety

When it comes to everyday routines, humans tend to be creatures of habit. So when it comes to caring for our feet, an often-neglected part of our body, it’s best to make it a daily part of self-care. Since most of us are leading busy lives, small changes around the home can help keep your feet clean, comfortable, and healthy.

Try some of the following tips to help you better care for your feet:

  • Unless you have specific reasons for not doing so, take your shoes off at the door. Your shoes can carry all sorts of germs (bacteria, fungi, and viruses) from wherever you may have been walking all day. If you have young crawling children, they are susceptible to these germs even if you are consistently cleaning. Your feet can also pick up these germs after you’ve thoroughly cleaned them in the shower, pretty much defeating the purpose.
  • Have a shoe rack near the door for airing out your shoes. Putting them straight into a closet or shoe cabinet can prevent them from properly drying from excessive sweating or rain. Also, if they are smelly, it’s best to air them out and use a shoe spray.
  • You may also want to keep a container of socks by your shoes. This way you are not tempted to put on your shoes without socks, which can cause odor, shoe rot, or even infections on your feet if you do it often enough.
  • Does your back hurt from standing for long periods of time on the hardwood? You may notice this if you’re cooking or cleaning in the kitchen for a long time. Anti-fatigue mats help your feet and back from getting tired and sore. In the kitchen, put them in front of the sink, island, or oven. In the office, put them in front of your standing desk or large easel.
  • Safety First! Make sure you have a rubber mat in the bathtub to prevent slipping.
  • Another safety precaution is to have anti-slip strips or a stair liner to prevent slipping while going up or down the stairs. This is especially important for homes with young children or older adults.
  • If wearing slippers indoors, make sure you have the proper kind. For medium to high pile carpets, slippers SHOULD NOT have grippy soles since they can get caught and cause you to trip.  For hardwood floors, slippers SHOULD have the grippy soles so that you don’t slip. Again, this is especially important for homes with older adults.

If you have other specific needs for foot or ankle disorders, ask your board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll for tips on how to set a routine. Small changes can make a big improvement to your family’s foot health. Make an appointment today for your annual podiatry check up at Crofton Podiatry by calling (410) 721-4505. Our team is ready to help you at our Crofton, MD office, which also serves the surrounding Gambrills, Odenton, and Bowie areas.




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