What is general footcare?
General footcare refers to self-care of your feet and taking preventative measures to ensure healthy ankles, feet, and toes.
- Don’t ignore foot pain. It’s not normal. If the pain persists, contact our office.
- Inspect your feet regularly, looking for changes in color and temperature. Look for thick or discolored nails (a sign of developing fungus) and peeling and scaling of the soles of the feet (a sign of 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. Don’t get the corners or sides of the nails, as this can lead to ingrown toenails.
- Make sure that your shoes fit properly in length and width. Purchase new shoes later in the day when feet tend to be at their largest, and replace worn out shoes as soon as possible. Properly fitted shoes can prevent many foot problems, including bunions, ingrown toenails, and hammertoes.
- If you are a diabetic, have poor circulation, or have a heart condition, you may be more likely prone to infection. Contact our office and schedule a check-up at least once a year.
Common symptoms with many foot problems:
- Pain, discomfort, tenderness
- Restricted range of motion in the toe, foot, or ankle
- Unusual or inexplicable bruising
- Weakness and instability in the ankle
- Inability to walk or bear weight on the injured foot or ankle
How do we treat you?
If you suspect you may have a foot problem, we will perform a physical examination and ask you about your symptoms. We’ll evaluate your health history and if there may be an underlying medical condition causing pain or abnormal symptoms in the foot.
When to visit Nagy Footcare
If you have persistent or severe pain in your foot, ankle, or toes, it’s important to contact Nagy Footcare, your New Hampshire podiatrist, and schedule a consultation, because you may have a treatable condition. We can recommend conservative footcare treatment as well as discuss options for further treatment if conservative methods fail.