Stepping Out to Enjoy Spring?

By: Dr. Nima Moghaddas, Podiatrist

 

Did you know that April is National Foot Health Month?  It’s also a time to start thinking about becoming more active and getting moving. The average person takes approximately 10,000 steps per day.   However, before you get out those sneakers, you must make sure your feet are in tip top shape so you can meet your new fitness goals. 

Start by getting into the habit of checking your feet every day, especially if you are a diabetic. Looking at the bottom of your feet with a mirror is a terrific way to look for cracks, peeling skin, blisters, and callouses that can keep you from walking comfortably to good health.  To prevent any skin problems, make sure to wash your feet daily and dry your feet well after a shower to prevent fungal infections, especially in between your toes, and apply lotion to your feet daily. Avoid walking bare footed in public places to prevent contracting athlete’s foot or plantar warts.   Then, time to check your sneakers.  Make sure you replace them every 500 miles to avoid foot and heel pain down the road.  Make sure that you have had your feet measured, since as time passes your feet change shape and width. Rotate the shoes you wear, giving the shoes a chance to dry and spray them with Lysol if you have foot and shoe odor issues.  If you are one of the many who enjoy wearing sandals, don’t forget to apply sunblock to your feet to prevent skin cancer. 

If you are a diabetic, keeping your blood sugars under control will keep your feet healthy. Stretch your feet, ankles, and legs prior to exercising to avoid injury. If you have any aches or pains while walking, it may be time to have your feet checked by your podiatrist. 

 And finally, remember that your feet will carry you and average of 100,000 miles in your lifetime, and keeping your feet healthy should be priority.

Dr. Nima Moghaddas is a Podiatrist at Calais Regional Medical Services Family Medicine.  She sees patients for a variety of podiatry issues such as diabetic and geriatric care, heel pain and spurs, ingrown toe nails, sports medicine, sprains or injuries of the foot, ankle or heel, and much more.