The human foot is strong, flexible, and its functional design enables it to do its job well and without complaint – if you take care of it and don’t take it for granted.


Paying close attention to the health needs of your feet, to say the least, is an important daily task.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when considering the health of your feet.

  • Don’t ignore foot pain – it’s not normal. If the pain persists, see Dr. Harper.
  • Inspect your feet regularly. Pay attention to changes in color and temperature of your feet. Look for thick or discolored nails (a sign of developing fungus), and check for cracks or cuts in the skin. Peeling or scaling on the soles of feet could indicate athlete’s foot. Any growth on the foot is not considered normal.
  • Wash your feet regularly, especially between the toes, and be sure to dry them completely.
  • Trim toenails straight across, but not too short. Be careful not to cut nails in corners or on the sides; it can lead to ingrown toenails. Persons with diabetes, poor circulation, or heart problems should NOT treat their own feet because they are more prone to infection.
  • Make sure that your shoes fit properly. Purchase new shoes later in the day when feet tend to be at their largest and replace worn out shoes as soon as possible.
  • Select and wear the right shoe for the activity that you are engaged in (i.e., running shoes for running).
  • Alternate shoes – don’t wear the same pair of shoes every day.
  • Avoid walking barefooted – your feet will be more prone to injury and infection. When at the beach or when wearing sandals, always use sunblock on your feet just as on the rest of your body.
  • Be cautious when using home remedies for foot ailments; self-treatment can often turn a minor problem into a major one.
  • If you are a person with diabetes, it is vital that you see a podiatric physician at least once a year for a check-up.