» Foot Care
Inspect your feet daily. Check for blisters, split skin, swelling, redness or other signs of irritation.
Keep toenails trimmed. Cut straight across and round the corners slightly to avoid ingrown toenails.
To keep your skin soft, apply a lotion (containing lanolin or petroleum jelly), after bathing or soaking your feet.
Wear clean comfortable socks made of fabrics that help perspiration evaporate more rapidly. Excess moisture also can be absorbed by a daily dusting of foot powder.
Bacterial and fungal growth can be avoided by wearing shoes that breathe well (with uppers made of leather, a mesh material or perforated).
If you are elderly, diabetic or have poor circulation, more attention should be paid to your feet. Older skin tends to crack more easily and sores will heal slower.