It’s nearly summer in Fairfax County – are your feet ready? They’ve been quarantined along with the rest of you, cooped up in socks and slippers, and they probably need some extra attention. Board-certified podiatrist Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm offers six ways to get your feet geared up to, once again, see the light of day:
- Heels, especially, get so much use that they tend to dry out. Small cracks in the skin can become large fissures, creating an opening for bacteria to enter. If you do nothing else, apply moisturizing cream to your feet daily, but not between your toes.
- Get a pedicure. Choose a reputable salon or do-it-yourself at home. A pedicure is relaxing, rejuvenates your skin, removes calluses, and promotes good circulation to your entire foot, including your toenails.
- Wear supportive shoes. Flip-flops and other sandals shouldn’t be flimsy. For summer shoes that look good and provide proper support, choose brands with a seal of approval from the American Podiatric Medical Association.
- Stock up on sunscreen and use it on your feet. The skin on your feet is just as prone to damage from the sun’s harmful rays as the rest of your body.
- Fix what ails you. Nothing stops a summer outing or vacation week faster than problem feet. Now is the time to schedule treatment for crumbling or discolored toenails, heel or arch pain, or a bunion that hurts when you walk. Have you had difficulty getting rid of warts? Schedule a consultation with us to learn about Swift wart treatment – a new, safe, and very effective method for quickly zapping out warts.
- Schedule a diabetic foot check-up. To avoid dangerous infections, patients with diabetes should always see a podiatrist for foot problems. Leave the following to us: ingrown toenails, rough calluses, trimming thick toenails, and fungal infections. Regular foot check-ups are essential, so contact us today if it’s been a year or more since your last exam.
Dr. Wilhelm and our staff are happy to help you prepare your feet for summer at our office in Centreville, Virginia. Call (703) 996-3000 or make an appointment online.