In order to better maintain your health, routine checkups with Calgary foot doctors are highly recommended. Dr. Russell is a trained professional who is continually updating his education to ensure that his patients receive the care they deserve.
Regular foot care is especially important for high-risk patients, such as diabetics, as well as seniors.
Our foot healthcare services include:
Corn and callus care
Diabetic foot health check-up
Like the old saying goes: out of sight, out of mind. For the better part of the day, our naked feet remain hidden from view on account of our socks, stockings, shoes, slippers and bedding. In fact, many people hardly give their feet a second thought until they discover them to be a source of discomfort. Whether it’s keeping up with your toenail trimming or wearing proper fitting shoes, there are a variety of things we can do to prevent future issues. When it comes to proactive foot care, careful attention and daily inspections are especially important for people living with diabetes. Unfortunately, one of diabetes’ many side effects (and a constant source of concern for diabetics) is the potential nerve damage and poor circulation that can occur. Poor circulation allows blisters, cuts and other small foot injuries to go unnoticed. If left untreated, the results can be severe.
There is another saying that applies perfectly to foot care, regardless of your medical history: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Whether you have diabetes or not, the following tips will help in maintaining the overall condition and health of your feet:
Wash your feet in warm water using a mild soap on a daily basis
Thoroughly dry between your toes, patting your feet dry on top
Check for ingrown toenails, cuts, cracking skin, or blisters on the tops and bottoms of your feet
Avoid cutting your nails too short and make sure to file off any sharp edges
Visit a professional (like Dr. Russell) for treatment of hard to cut toenails, calluses, and corns
Apply a good foot moisturizer to dry heels and soles and avoid getting any lotion between your toes
Only wear clean socks and properly fitting shoes that don’t rub or pinch
Elevate your feet while sitting
Take a few minutes every day to wiggle your toes and move your ankles
Wear therapeutic footwear for optimum comfort
Contact our clinic if something seems amiss right away
For every recommended good practice, there are seemingly just as many things we shouldn’t be doing. Alas, many of these “do nots” remain part of our daily routine, and may just end up making matters worse. These habits include:
Removing corns with over-the-counter products which are dangerous for people with diabetes
Wearing overly tight socks, shoes, or leggings
Walking around barefoot, even inside your home
Sitting for extended periods of time
Crossing your legs while sitting
Ignoring potential problems (foot discolouration, redness, swelling or pain in your calves)
When in doubt, it never hurts to have a professional take a look at your feet.
For your overall foot health, call Dalhousie Station Foot Clinic today! Our foot doctor in Calgary is here to assist you with the protection of your feet. Let us know if you have any further questions or concerns.