If you are like most people, you walk thousands of steps a day without ever considering the stress you place on your feet. Athletes may be more aware of the important role their feet play in accomplishing activities than the average person, but even most sportsmen and women don't spend a lot of time considering their feet unless problems arise.
The sad reality, however, is large portions of the population in the Salt Lake City area have some type of foot problem in part because of improper foot care.
You owe it to yourself to make sure your feet are in good health and foot and ankle specialist Elizabeth E. Auger, DPM can help.
Dr. Auger takes a holistic, personalized approach to preventative care and problem-solving your foot, ankle, and leg issues. Give us a call to find out more about how we can work with you on foot care plans and solutions.
Pediatric Foot Care
Taking care of the feet of infants and children is an important but overlooked part of setting your children on the path to good overall health.
Starting with proper foot care from day one can help your child to be physically fit as he or she grows. Some pediatric foot care tips include:
- Allow space for exercise: When an infant lies with feet uncovered, the baby can kick and do other motions which prepare the feet for weight bearing.
- Change the baby's position several times a day.
- Look at your baby's feet often to see if you notice something that looks abnormal.
- Cover the baby's feet loosely - tight covers restrict movement.
Foot deformities that weren’t present at birth can result from a variety of factors including tight shoes that restrict foot growth and development. It’s imperative that shoes be flexible and fitted properly.
As your children age, be aware of walking patterns that may signal a concern. Foot pain or swelling without explanation could also be a sign of a serious condition and should not be ignored.
Good health is all-encompassing for infants and children. By adding a few simple steps, you can keep them healthy from head to toe.
Foot Care for Adults in the Salt Lake City Area
Adults can experience a wide variety of mild or serious issues with the feet as they age, especially if they are active in doing outdoor activities around Salt Lake City.
From nail fungus to corns or calluses to serious conditions, foot problems can cause embarrassment or limit mobility.
Many problems can be avoided through preventative care or can be treated early to avoid complications.
Foot care tips include:
- Checking your feet daily for signs of problems.
- Keeping your feet clean and moisturized and keeping your toenails trimmed short.
- Gently smoothing corns and calluses.
- Wearing flip flops or shower shoes in communal areas to prevent exposure to bacteria or fungus.
- Wearing appropriately fitting shoes which do not squeeze or compress the toes.
- Using orthotics when necessary to provide proper arch support.
Diabetic Foot Care
Because diabetes affects your circulation, diabetic patients can experience serious foot problems. The American Diabetes Association recommends comprehensive annual exams at least once a year, and more frequently if you are a sufferer of foot health issues. People with diabetes should also have corns or calluses trimmed by a podiatrist and should even get a podiatric professional to cut their toes if they cannot do so safely.
Keeping your blood glucose in a target range can help you to head off serious foot health problems, as can being as active as possible. Problems can still develop even with your best efforts, so you should check your feet daily.
Getting Help from Elizabeth E. Auger, DPM
When problems with your feet arise, all aspects of your life can be affected. Act now to prevent problems from happening with preventative care and to begin working towards solving your foot, ankle or leg issues with help from a compassionate podiatric professional. Dr. Auger offers services in three convenient locations including West Jordan, Salt Lake City, and Sandy Utah. Give her a call today to find out how we can assist with foot health so you can stay active.