Check Your Foot Health Awareness

April is Foot Health Awareness Month, and here’s a chance to see how much you know. Begin by answering true or false to each of the following five statements, then check the answers below:

  1. My diabetes doesn’t have anything to do with my feet.
  2. Diet and exercise are critical to foot health.
  3. Smoking is bad for my entire body, including my feet.
  4. I can trust the hygiene at my nail salon because it looks so nice in there.
  5. My primary care doctor is the best person to care for my feet and ankles. I only need to go to the podiatrist’s office if I have a problem.

Answers:

  1. While diabetes is an illness that affects your whole body, your feet are at particular risk of complications including neuropathy and infection.
  2. Maintaining a healthy weight and engaging in daily exercise is good for your whole body, including the bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments of your feet.
  3. Tobacco use is a factor in reduced circulation and other foot health-related issues. It can even make it take longer than necessary for you to recover from foot and ankle surgery.
  4. Even fancy salons can be hospitable environments for fungus. Stay safe from infection. Bring your own tools to the salon and watch carefully to observe good hygiene practices. You should see staff wearing gloves, using disposable basin liners, and disinfecting common areas often.
  5. With years of specialized training and experience, a board-certified podiatrist like Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM is a medical specialist and the best-qualified doctor to care for this part of your body. Everyone should see a foot doctor at least once a year for regular examination, more often if you have diabetes. This is the best way to prevent problems from occurring.

Schedule an appointment in our convenient Chicago office. Call our friendly staff at (773) 561-8100 or click here to get started today.

Author
Stavros Alexopoulos One of Chicago’s top podiatrists, Stavros Alexopoulos, DPM, treats routine to complex foot and ankle issues. Dr. Alexopoulos is currently accepting new patients at My Chicago Foot Expert located near Ravenswood, North Park, and Jefferson Park.

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