The following can be done to protect the feet:
Wear shoes that fit well and protect the feet. Athletic or walking shoes are good for daily wear. They support the feet and allow them to “breathe”
Avoid vinyl or plastic shoes, because they don’t stretch or “breathe”
Remember to use sunscreen on the top of your feet if outside
Keep your feet away from radiators and open fires
Do not use hot water bottles on feet
Keep blood flowing to the feet by doing the following:
Keep feet up when sitting
Perform foot exercises
Wiggle toes for 5 minutes, 2 or 3 times a day
Move ankles up and down and in and out
Minimize crossing the legs
Don’t wear tight socks, elastic or rubber bands, or garters around your legs
Don’t smoke as smoking reduces blood flow to the feet
Control blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol by eating healthy and exercising regularly
What are considered “appropriate shoes?”
Shoes that are not pointed, or do not have high heels as these put too much pressure on the toes.
Shoes that are deep and wide enough to prevent rubbing.
Shoes that protect your feet from hot and cold. In the winter, lined boots and socks are great for keeping your feet warm at night
To book an appointment to discuss any of the symptoms caused by tight shoes, contact us today!