A reasonably active individual can take over four thousand steps a day, so keeping your feet happy and healthy are essential for maintaining your mobility — especially as you get older. Keeping your feet and ankles flexible and strong will help avoid injuries like ankle sprains. Looking out for any infections and skin conditions can prevent future problems including foot ulcers and possible amputation risks.

6 excellent ways to keep your feet happy and healthy include the following:

1)    Wear shoes that are comfortable and supportive—One of the best things you can do for your feet to prevent injuries is to wear properly-fitted shoes with the right orthotics. Also use moisture wicking socks to help keep your feet dry and fungal free.

2)    Physical therapy exercises—A variety of exercises can be used to keep your feet and ankles strong to help avoid falls and injuries.

3)    Clean your feet regularly—Clean and dry your feet every day to help avoid bacterial and fungal toenail infections. Use moisturizer on dry areas, but avoid using it on the area between the toes since bacteria love moisture.

4)    Proper toenail trimming—A primary cause of ingrown toenails and subsequent infections is not trimming your toenails straight across. Keeping them a little long and straight will help prevent the nail from growing incorrectly.

5)    For people who have diabetesInspect your feet every day and have any wounds, corns, calluses, etc. treated right away by your foot doctor to avoid causing further problems.

For any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles, see your foot doctor for the proper care. Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX (county of Dallas) is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.

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