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  • Writer's pictureDr. McHardy

Foot Care Tips for Springtime

During the winter months our feet inside shoes, boots and socks.

With Spring right around the corner we start thinking about letting those feet our for some warm fresh air.

Often, we tend to forget about our feet in the winter and they may be a bit dry, rough and even cracked if you are not getting a regular pedicure.

Here are a few tips to get your feet tip top for Spring and warm weather.

Dry Feet

A lack of oil glands in your feet leaves them prone to dryness. Cold, dry weather, and walking around barefoot also drain away moisture.

Tip: Hydrate and exfoliate daily. After bathing, use a pumice stone or a heel scrub to clean up dry skin. Using a good quality foot scrub will help significantly improve the quality of your skin. If you’re prone to very dry skin on your feet, using a medical grade foot cream on your feet and wearing a pair of socks before going to bed will help.

Dry Heels

Standing and walking on hard surfaces for long periods can lead cracked heels. If left untreated these fissures can open, become very painful and possibly become infected.

Tip: Soak your feet in warm water for no longer than 10-15 minutes at a time; follow this by using a pumice stone or heel scrubber on your heels. Then apply a good moisturizing lotion or cream.

If you need help with the hard skin cleaned up, visit your chiropodist.

Decrease Arch Pain or Heel Pain

At the first sign of a little bit of sun, we can’t wait to get outside. We begin to give our feet a sudden workout after the relative rest of the winter months. The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is a condition in which the plantar fascia is inflamed. This condition can be excruciating and cause a considerable amount of suffering.

Tip: One of the most effective treatment options for heel pain is custom orthotics and good supportive footwear.

If this doesn’t seem to resolve the pain, contact Parkway Back and Foot Clinic for a full assessment and tips to get out of pain.


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