1. Get better acquainted with them.
    The time to get to know your feet is when they feel fine. Be aware of their shape and their symmetry. How do your toenails normally look? Do you have any moles? If you spot something weird or out of place, get it checked out.
  2. Wash them.
    Duh? Not so fast – not everybody bathes often, and even among those who do, they might just kind of bleep over their feet. Lather up those limbs just as you would other parts of your body.
  3. Dry them.
    After bathing, get that towel in between your toes. Make sure your whole foot is thoroughly dried before putting on socks. Wet feet are more susceptible when infectious organisms are lurking around.
  4. Don’t walk barefoot.
    Not only can you get injured from stones and other hazards on the ground, a barefoot can pick up ticks in the grass and fungus in the locker room.
  5. Wear the right size shoes.
    Feet don’t always remain the same size throughout your entire adult life. Natural fat pads can collapse, making your foot flatter and wider than you think. Make sure the size you buy is still the right one for your changing feet.
  6. Wear the right shoes for the activity you’re doing.
    It’s really not a good idea to wear basketball shoes for running or running shoes for tennis. Each kind of athletic shoe is designed for specific types of movements, with the proper support in the right places. Wearing the right shoe minimizes your risk of accident and injury.
  7. Cut nails straight across.
    Trimming nails so that they curve downward on the sides is a recipe for a painful ingrown toenail.
  8. Give them a stretch.
    Yes, even your feet like to stay limber. Try performing some foot and toe stretching exercises before a workout, while watching TV, or waiting for an appointment.
  9. Wear sunscreen.
    We often forget to extend our sunscreen application down to our lower digits. They can get sun damage, too, so remember the skin on your feet when you expose it to the sun.
  10. Heed their cries.
    Listen to your feet when they cry out to you. Rest them when they’re overtired, and if pain or soreness doesn’t go away, walk them over to Kenneth R. Wilhelm, board-certified podiatrist at Clifton Foot & Ankle Center. We’re here in Centreville, VA for preventive foot care as well as expert diagnosis and treatment of foot injuries and diseases. Give us a call at (703) 996-3000 or make an appointment online.
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