By Orlando Foot and Ankle Institute
May 11, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: foot pain   ankle pain  

What you need to know about foot and ankle care

You need to take good care of your feet and ankles, because they support you through your life. It is important to protect yourself against foot and ankle carea foot or ankle injury because foot and ankle injuries can put you on the sidelines for a long time. Dr. Timothy Mason at Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando, in Orlando, Florida wants you to know all about caring for your feet and ankles and preventing injuries.

Here are a few simple tips to keep you healthy. Remember to:

  • Pay attention to pain; it is not normal. For persistent foot or ankle pain, it’s best to call Dr. Mason.
  • Check your feet and ankles daily using a hand mirror to check the soles of your feet. Look for any changes in your skin; thickened and discolored nails (which could be a sign of nail fungus); cuts or cracks that don’t heal; peeling or scaling (which could be a sign of Athlete’s Foot); or abnormal growths like bunions.
  • Wash and dry your feet daily, and apply lotion to your feet and ankles.
  • Trim your toenails straight across to prevent ingrown toenails.
  • Wear supportive, properly fitting shoes, with plenty of toe room to prevent hammertoe, bunions, corns, and calluses. Try on shoes late in the day when your feet are largest. Replace all worn out shoes.
  • Wear the proper athletic footwear for the sport or activity you are doing.
  • Never go barefoot; always wear foot protection. Always wear at least SPF 15 sunblock if you are outside, and don’t forget your feet and ankles.

If you have diabetes, you are prone to many foot problems including diabetic neuropathy and diabetic ulcers. It is vital you come in and see Dr. Mason at his Orlando office for a check-up at least once every year.

For minor problems, you can try over-the-counter medications like Tylenol or ibuprofen to reduce swelling and pain. Or you can try putting ice on the area. For most foot and ankle problems, you need to see your podiatrist. It’s time to call Dr. Timothy Mason at Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando, with three office locations in Orlando and Oviedo, Florida. To find out more about foot and ankle injury prevention and treatment, call today!