Be Sweet to Your Feet

Simple Things You can DO to Take Care of Your Feet

#1 What’s the Big Deal?

  • If you have poor circulation, nerve damage or loss of sensation, and/or trouble fighting infections, foot problems can be very serious! Once a problem starts, healing can be slow and difficult. Your best plan of attack is to prevent problems in the first place!

#2 How?

  • Find a comfortable place to sit.
  • Look at both the top and bottom of your feet.
  • Don’t forget to look in between your toes.
  • If needed, use a mirror to see all areas or ask someone to look for you.

#3 What Am I Looking For?

  • Redness
  • Dry Skin
  • Skin Cracks
  • Blisters
  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Swelling

#4 What if I Find Something?

  • Tell Your Health Coach
  • Talk to Your Doctor
  • Watch for Changes

#5 Do

  • Wash your feet daily and pat dry with a towel.
  • Check bath water temperature with your elbow before stepping into water.
  • Dry between your toes.
  • Apply lotion to dry skin, but NOT between toes.
  • Wear clean socks made of natural fibers such as cotton or wool.
  • ALWAYS wear shoes to protect feet from injury.
  • Feel inside your shoes for sharp edges or objects that might hurt.

#6 Don’t

  • Do not soak feet in hot water.
  • Do not use a hot water bottle or heating pad on feet.
  • Do not use razor blades, scissors or a knife to trim nails.
  • Do not wear flip flops, plastic shoes or pointy toed shoes.
  • Do not use corn remover or corn plasters for calluses or corns.

#7 Shoes

  • Make sure they fit well.
  • Don’t rely on how a shoe feels.
  • Have your feet measured at a shoe store.
  • Make sure there is a thumbs width between the end of the shoe and your toes.
  • Shop for shoes in the afternoon or evening when your feet may be slightly larger.

#8 How to Cut Your Toenails

  • Cut straight across with clean toenail clippers.
  • Smooth with an emery board.
  • Trim once a week after washing (so they are soft).
  • If you can’t trim your own toenails or have any foot problems, talk to your doctor.

30-Day Hospitalization Rate 6.7%.
64% lower than the national average.