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10 Ways to Avoid Foot Problems in the New Year

  1. Replace old shoes. Chances are that the supportive material in your old shoes has worn down to the point where it no longer provides adequate support. Upgrade your shoes to keep your feet fit and healthy.
  2. Wear bigger shoes. Wider toe boxes give your toes the room that pointy tips don’t. Narrow, pointy shoes pinch your toes and contribute to ailments like bunions, hammertoes, and neuromas. Also, your feet may widen as you age, so you might need a completely different size shoe than you did in your younger days.
  3. Lose weight. Extra pounds put extra stress on your feet.
  4. Do daily diabetic foot checks. If you’re diabetic, this is an essential, non-negotiable practice!
  5. Switch out your shoes. Vary your heel heights to give your feet a break and your shoes a chance to air out.
  6. Protect your feet from fungus. Never go barefoot in public places such as locker rooms.
  7. Drink up. Drink lots of water every day. It keeps your skin hydrated and helps your blood flow freely all the way down to the tips of your toes.
  8. Keep them flexible. Perform foot and toe-stretching exercises as you sit at your desk or watch TV.
  9. Cut your toenails correctly. Avoid painful ingrown toenails by cutting your nails straight across, never on an angle or rounded. Take care also not to cut them too short.
  10. When you have pain, act fast. Foot or ankle problems that don’t get better in a few days may need professional medical care. Stay away from Dr. Google; instead, receive a caring foot and ankle treatment in Fairfax County, Virginia at Clifton Foot & Ankle Center. Our podiatrist, Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm is board-certified in both foot and ankle surgery. We offer the best in podiatric care, including advanced pain management therapies, and treat everything from burning feet to bone fractures. Adults and children are welcome at our office in Centreville. Call us at (703) 996-3000 or make an appointment online.
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