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Five Every Day Foot Care Tips - Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston

The feet is one of the most abused structures in the body but it doesn’t get the time and care it deserves. And continued negligence could lead to serious foot injuries. The first signs of a foot injury includes chronic pain. When this happens simple activities such as walking or standing becomes difficult. But this doesn’t need to happen. Following simple foot care habits can go a long way in preventing foot injuries. To learn more about proper foot care, consult a podiatrist. The doctors at Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston are podiatrists who specialize in helping people suffering with disorders of the foot and ankle.

Here are the five ways on how to maintain foot health through everyday foot care:

  1. Routine hygiene. It is the most basic way of foot care. Wash and dry your feet thoroughly on a daily basis. Ensure that you also clean in between your toes and keep your toenails properly trimmed and short.
  2. Moisturize. In an instance where your feet become dry or you can observe dryness and cracking, use a foot moisturizer. Avoid applying moisturizer in between your toes. Once cream and lotion are applied on long periods of time, they can cause bacterial and fungal growth. If moisturizer is placed between your toes, it will allow the skin to soften too much.
  3. Shoes. Make sure that you have the correct size when you are picking out a pair of shoes. They should be snug, but definitely not too tight. Loose shoes may also cause foot problems. If you want to purchase a new pair of shoes, it is best if you buy them at the later part of the day since your feet has swelled and settled at its fullest size during this time.
  4. Avoid wearing high-heeled shoes or flip flops often. Instead, look for shoes that are great and good for your feet. You will know a good pair of shoes if they pad the soles of your feet and if they support your arches and ankles. Shoes certainly make a difference. Shoes should not show signs of wear and tear and they should provide good support for your arches and over-all shoes.
  5. Socks. If you are wearing closed-toe shoes, it is important that you accompany it with socks. They absorb moisture and sweat from your feet especially during summer time. Without it, fungal problems and athlete’s foot may occur due to the build-up of sweat in a closed-toe shoe.

If you want to prevent foot pain and ankle pain, proper foot care is the simplest and cheapest way of prevention.  At Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston with six offices located in North Houston, TX, we specialize in helping people with foot and ankle disorders. To schedule an appointment, call 281-444-4114.

 

 

Joanna Lumley - Trench Foot - Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston

Joanna Lumley is a top model from the 60’s and a TV superstar for almost four decades. But this British actress suffered from trench foot after she was cast away in an island to test her survival skills. Trench foot is a painful medical condition caused by exposure of the feet to damp and unclean conditions for a long time. The feet becomes numb, swollen, experience color change, and it start to smell too. The medical term for this condition is called Non Freezing Cold Injury or Immersion Foot.

What is trench foot?

The term Trench foot originates back to 1812 with Napoleon’s Army. The infected feet became numb and start to smell making it susceptible to fungal infections. When not treated, it will result to gangrene, and can lead to foot amputation later on.

Consult a podiatrist if you notice anything unusual in your feet. The doctors at Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston are podiatrists who specialize in helping people suffering with foot disorders.

Trench foot causes

The main cause of having trench foot is standing and exposing the feet to cold, and wet places for eleven or more hours. Trench foot was very rampant during World War 1 where soldiers didn’t have waterproof footwear.

How can I tell if I have trench foot?

  • Tingling/itching sensation
  • Loss of feeling
  • Swelling
  • Numbness
  • Prickly or heavy feeling
  • While warming, burning can be severe
  • Blisters
  • Can involve heel, toes, and entire foot
  • Burning sensation
  • Pain
  • Cold and blotchy skin
  • Foot can appear gray
  • Foot is red, dry, and painful after warming
  • Fissures of the skin is common
  • Skin is dying and falling off

Treatment for trench foot

If you think you have trench foot, seek medical assistance immediately. Treatment involves the following steps:

  • Clean and dry the feet thoroughly
  • Gently warm the feet by soaking the feet in warm water for about 5 minutes
  • Remove footwear and wet socks
  • Keep the foot elevated and avoid walking to prevent tissue damage
  • Keep the feet warm and dry
  • Check for wounds, these can make you prone to infections. Check your feet daily to avoid infections. With early treatment, trench foot can be managed effectively and you can avoid amputation.

How to prevent trench foot?

These following steps may help to  prevent trench foot (check with your podiatrist first)

  • Elevate your feet or lie down to encourage blood circulation.
  • Change into dry socks almost every day.
  • Move your legs around or walk to get the blood flowing.
  • Wash and dry your feet daily.
  • Wear shoes that fit well.
  • Control excessive perspiration using aluminum chloride.
  • Clean and air dry your feet.
  • Wipe your shoes and allow them to dry.
  • Keep the rest of your body warm.
  • Maintain good foot hygiene.
  • Apply talcum powder to keep moisture away.
  • Alternate foot wear daily.

At Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston with six offices located in North Houston, TX, we specialize in helping people with foot disorders. To schedule an appointment, call 281-444-4114.