6 ways to tip-toe into healthy foot care

Foot Care

by Kushal Patel, MD

Mar 21, 2017

It’s easy to take our feet for granted until certain problems or pain arise. However, foot care shouldn’t be put aside until problems get worse — it should be taken care of on a daily basis with preventative measures.

Kushal Patel, MD, an orthopedic sports medicine surgeon on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Garland, offers these tips on how to keep your feet in tip-top shape and avoid future problems.

6 ways to treat your feet

1. Wear shoes that fit

High heel shoes can compress your toes and stress your heels. The pressure on your toes can lead to painful hammertoes and bunions.

2. Support your arches

If you have flat feet, choose shoes with arch support. Add inserts to shoes you love that don’t have proper support.

3. Protect your ankles

When you’re hiking or walking on uneven surfaces, wear shoes or boots that stabilize your ankle to avoid strains and sprains.

4. Stretch

People who work out without stretching, especially weekend warriors, are susceptible to Achilles tendon injury. So make that extra time to stretch.

5. Watch your weight

Excess body weight puts added strain on your feet and ankles. If you have foot pain, losing weight might relieve the stress and ease your symptoms.

6. Look out for trouble

If you have diabetes or circulation issues, check your feet every day. Watch for signs of cuts, blisters or irritation, which could develop into bigger problems.

ways to treat your feet

To learn more about preventative foot care or treatment for foot conditions, speak with an orthopedic specialist on the Baylor Scott & White Health medical staff.

About the Author

Kushal Patel, MD, is an orthopedic sports medicine specialist on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Lake Pointe. He also serves as the medical director of sports medicine for the hospital. Dr. Patel is fellowship-trained in sports medicine and shoulder surgery, and specializes in cartilage repair and restoration.

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