Every year on August 17, Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm of Clifton Foot & Ankle Center joins other podiatrists in Fairfax County in celebrating National I Love My Feet Day. Feet work hard every day, but most people don’t think about them a whole lot until they hurt. Part of our job as foot doctors is to get people to recognize how valuable these body parts are!
So on Saturday, take time out to celebrate your feet three ways:
- Appreciate their value.
Are you aware of how amazing your feet are? First of all, they’re kind of a miracle of engineering. Foot anatomy is extremely intricate – a complex structure of bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, nerves, and blood vessels that all work together to support your entire body. Your feet enable you to stand, walk and run. Furthermore, your feet can offer clues about your general health. Get to know your own feet and watch out for changes in size, shape, color. Keep a lookout for changes or problems with skin and toenails, too.
- Practice good foot care.
For starters, wear the right shoes. Plenty of foot problems come from wearing bad shoes. What are bad shoes? They’re shoes that don’t fit, that are too old to provide support, or that are the wrong type of shoes for the activity you’re doing. Also, practice good hygiene like washing your feet every day, trimming your nails straight across to prevent ingrown toenails, and wearing shoes in wet areas where infectious viruses and fungi lie in wait. Finally, don’t accept foot pain as normal. Contact us if foot pain persists. Early intervention can prevent major problems down the road.
- Pamper your feet.
Actively engage in ways to make your feet feel better. Perform foot and toe stretching exercises; take a walk to keep muscles toned; get a pedicure; replace a pair of worn-out shoes; soak your feet in Epsom salts; moisturize them with rich, thick foot cream.
If you notice pain, swelling, numbness, changes in color, excessive foot odor, or signs of infection in your feet or ankles, contact our board-certified podiatrist in Centreville, Virginia. Call (703) 996-3000 or make an appointment online.