April is National Foot Health Awareness Month. So as your foot and ankle specialist in Suffolk & Hampton, VA, I feel obligated to inform you that feet are important. The first step is looking down. Take a moment, look down where hopefully you will see a pair of feet – some of you may only have one, but regardless, in seeing the one foot or two you have, you are now fully aware of their existence. Side note: If you have one foot or two, we at 1Foot 2Foot can help you. If you have none, you can stop reading here. If you have more than two, we can refer you to a local veterinarian.
Anyhow, now that we’ve heightened your foot awareness, why are they important? Feet get you from point A to point B. When you get out of bed in the morning, your feet are the first part of you to hit the floor. Because of your feet, you can walk or run. If you have only one, at least you can hop or lean or do that Karate Kid “crane pose”. Our feet also allow us to count to twenty – assuming you have 10 fingers and 10 toes. Don’t let the fact that there’s no “Hand Health Awareness” month distract you here, but I’ll concede that hands are important too.
At this point, you probably at least appreciate your feet a bit more than I when I started this blog. So how do we keep them healthy? It’s not “Foot Awareness Month” or “Foot Appreciation Month”, it’s “Foot Health Awareness Month” after all. So with that said, I encourage you to use four of your five senses to keep your feet happy and healthy.
The five senses are: Sight, Hearing, Taste, Smell, and Touch. We’re going to skip taste for sake of time (…and complete disgust).
Sight: Visually inspect your feet, toes, toenails, top and bottom, front and back, and between the toes. Look for anything different – discolored or thickened or ingrown toenails? Unusual dark spots that weren’t there a year ago or have grown larger over the years? Bump developing next to the great toe or big toe leaning more toward the second toe or the smaller toes buckling up? Use a mirror or a friend to see all aspects of your feet.
Touch: Touch your feet daily by washing them. Don’t just assume all the soap and shampoo you use during a shower will make it’s way to your feet and as a result, your feet will be clean. Feel for rough or hard patches of skin. Feel for any areas of pain – side of your toenail perhaps and bottom of your heel.
Smell: When you remove your shoes do you or a family member notice a lingering odor? This is not uncommon since we keep our feet enclosed most of the time. This is also completely curable with moisture wicking socks, appropriate creams for your feet, and sprays or powders for your shoes.
Hearing: Listen to your feet. If they’re causing you any pain or discomfort, they’re saying something is wrong and telling you to come see me, your friendly neighborhood foot and ankle specialist in Suffolk & Hampton, VA. The longer you wait to answer their call, the more difficult things become to treat.
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My team and I at 1Foot 2Foot in Suffolk, VA, and Hampton, VA specialize in keeping feet healthy. Whether you see, feel, smell or hear anything questionable when it comes to your feet or ankles, we are here to help you or a loved one. Better feet for a better life. It’s not only our philosophy, it’s a fact. Call us today at 757-934-0768 and we’ll make sense of your foot concerns.