There are many things you can do to keep your feet healthy. Regular inspection of your feet is one of the easiest, least expensive and most effective measure for preventing foot complication. Make checking your feet a daily habit. Having everything you need in one place and setting a fixed time every day to check your feet, makes it easier to follow the foot care routine regularly. Here are a few simple steps you can do to keep your feet healthy:
Assemble a foot Care Kit:
Your foot care kit should contain nail clippers, nail file, pumice stone, emery board, skin lotion, talcum powder and a non-breakable hand mirror.
Perform self-examination of your Feet:
It is important to check your feet every evening for cuts, scratches, sores, red spots, swelling, blisters or infected toe nails.
After washing and drying your feet, sit comfortably on a bed or chair in a well lit room with both legs hanging in front of you. Lifting one foot over the opposite leg will make it easier to look at the bottom. Most important thing is to be thorough. Examine the top, bottom, sides, heels and in between the toes. Do a visual inspection first and then feel with your hands checking for any bumps and temperature changes from one part to the other.
If you have trouble seeing the bottom of your feet due to limited flexibility or belly flab, try using a hand mirror or ask someone else to check them for you.