Athletic Foot Care

Following these basic foot care guidelines can help keep your feet healthy, injury-free, and properly functioning while playing sports, whether you are a novice, a professional, or just enjoy sports for exercise and recreation. Many sports involve quick motions, side-to-side movement, quick turns, jumps, running, and sprinting, such as soccer, tennis, running, track and field, […]

What to Consider When Buying Shoes

Wearing uncomfortable, ill-fitting, or lesser-quality footwear can lead to a host of foot and ankle problems, as well as foot injuries and even foot deformities over time. Use this checklist to make sure you choose the best shoe to head off foot issues before they start: Footwear should have a comfortable, durable design, be made […]

At-Home Pedicures

Doing your own pedicures at home can avoid catching a fungus or infection of the feet or toes. Although pedicures are relaxing, many salons do not maintain proper hygiene and sanitizing practices, which can allow bacteria and fungi to grow in foot baths and on pedicure instruments. Here are the simple steps to an at-home, […]

Nutrition for Your Feet and Ankles

Osteoporosis, or weak, brittle bones, may affect the feet before other body parts, resulting in stress . Every bone in your body, including the ones in your feet and ankles, can benefit from sufficient amounts of calcium and vitamin D. Exercising and strength training regularly can also help strengthen your bones.

Ankle and Lower Leg Stretching Exercises

The ankles and lower legs should not be neglected when it comes to stretching before exercise, as they are a complex network of bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tissues, and nerves that endures constant pressure, impact, and stress during exercise. Therefore, it is important to warm up and stretch the ankle and lower leg muscles, tendons, […]

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails, known as onychocryptosis, most commonly occur on the big toe and are caused by pressure that drives the edge of the nail into the surrounding skin. Ingrown toenails can result from improper nail trimming, injuries, fungal infections, and toe deformities; they can also be inherited. The condition causes pain, redness, inflammation, swelling, and […]

Fungal Problems

Fungal problems can develop on the feet in areas such as between the toes, on the sole of the foot, and on the toenails. Since the feet are frequently exposed to moisture due to sweating and wet weather conditions, fungal infections are common. Fungi flourish in warm, dark, and moist environments, making the feet the […]

Foot Self-Exam

Here are some helpful hints for checking if your feet are healthy and problem-free: Skin: Do you have any , , , rashes, or irritations? Are you experiencing areas of friction or pressure due to ill-fitting footwear rubbing against the skin? Also, a bluish, reddish, or purplish tinge to the toes or feet can signal […]

Foot Care for Seniors

Most people experience some sort of foot problem with age; however, it is important to know that foot problems can be a symptom of several serious health issues, such as , poor circulation, nerve problems, and . At the first sign of a foot problem, seniors should contact a health care provider such as a […]

Foot Care at Work

Many people do not consider the safety of their feet when aiming to stay injury-free at work. Whether your job involves long periods of standing or potentially dangerous working conditions, it is important to wear appropriate footwear to avoid injuries to the feet and toes on the job. The National Safety Council reports that approximately […]