Routine foot care
Why is it important?
Routine foot care is especially important for patients, such as the elderly and diabetics, who have difficulty caring for their feet or who need special attention for medical reasons. Foot problems can affect bones, joints, muscles and skin, all of which are at high risk of damage. In some cases, foot problems can even affect other parts of the body.
To better understand the treatment :
A thorough foot diagnosis and inspection, during which your podiatrist looks for differences in foot temperature or color, which may indicate the progression of a circulatory or diabetic foot problem.
Routine foot care by a podiatrist can lead to prevention or treatment of cuticles, ingrown toenails or fungus, treatment of corns, calluses or other lesions etc.
Some common foot problems, such as corns and calluses, tend to recur. Therefore, they may require repeated routine foot care to control them and improve patient comfort. Other foot problems, including bunions and hammertoes, often require surgery to eliminate them, but in many cases they can be managed with routine care. All of these types of treatments can be provided during routine appointments with a podiatrist. Reducing the risk of foot problems often involves basic care, including keeping feet clean and dry, trimming toenails and wearing well-fitting shoes. Barefoot walking should be avoided, as it makes feet more vulnerable to injury and infection. A balanced diet with adequate amounts of calcium and vitamin D helps keep foot bones healthy.