It's Foot Health Awareness Month in Tennessee!
Did you know April is National Foot Health Awareness Month? This month podiatrists all over the nation will be working to spread information about keeping feet healthy!
Here are a few tips to get you started:
- Pay attention to foot pain or other issues! Don't ignore the signs and symptoms of a potential foot problem. The sooner any injury or infection is caught and treated, the bettter. It is easiest to treat health problems early on and it is important that you do not let something small and relatively easy to treat progress into something serious. If you notice any changes or pain in your feet, consult a podiatrist. Some patients try to ignore symptoms until the pain is so bad it is disrupting their daily life.
- Keep your feet clean and dry! To help prevent problems like Athlete's Foot or nail fungus, keep your feet clean and dry, especially during the upcoming sweaty summer months! If your feet tend to perspire a lot, change your socks and shoes often and be sure to bathe your feet regularly and always dry them thoroughly. Damp environments are a breeding ground for fungus, so this is an important step in keeping your feet fungus free!
- Wear comfortable footwear that fits well! This is much more important than most people think. Many people expect fashionable footwear to be uncomfortable or even painful, and they will sacrifice their foot health for a fancy pair of shoes. Don't make this mistake! Wearing improper footwear can cause a variety of foot and ankle problems. Wearing comfortable, well-fitting shoes goes a long way in keeping your feet healthy and happy.
Foot Health Awareness Month is very important to us because so many of the patients who come into our offices have been suffering for some time before their visit. We want to educate people on foot health and encourage everyone in the community to treat foot pain seriously. Don't miss out on the beautiful spring weather because of foot problems and don't walk one more step in pain! Give us a call at (615) 220-8788 or request an appointment online and we will help you get back on your feet and active again!
For more information on foot health, please feel free to download our free book Foot Health 101: Health Feet Are Happy Feet. Or visit the American Podiatric Medical Association's website for more foot health information and tips.
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