Whether your plans for New Year’s Eve in New Haven will center around a classy dinner at 116 Crown or belting out “The Final Countdown” with Karaokes Heroes, it’s a time to have fun and think of all the potential 2016 can bring for you and your family. It’s the time for resolutions, and while we know most of them fall through, we still want to try and instill some good foot care habits in you.
Keeping your feet in great shape doesn’t really take much more than some consistency. Here are some good habits to fall into:
- Inspect Your Feet Regularly. Check your feet for any signs of trauma or abnormality, such as blisters, cracks, cuts, swelling, or changes in color. This is especially important if you live with diabetes, as it’s not always possible to feel a problem when it develops.
- Keep Up with Supportive Footwear. This might be a fun resolution, depending on how much you like shopping for shoes. Old footwear might feel emotionally comfy, but deteriorating shoes won’t support and cushion your feet where needed. If your shoes are looking and feeling worn down, replace them. This is especially true for running shoes!
- Be a Shoe Switcher. It’s wise to have more than one pair of everyday shoes and to switch between them day by day. This gives shoes at least 24 hours to air out, making them less hospitable to odor-causing bacteria and nasty fungi.
- Moisturize. Use a lotion or petroleum jelly on the feet whenever your skin is feeling dry or cracked. Make sure not to let the stuff sit between your toes, however. It makes that area more prone to infection.