Five Good Habits to Promote Foot Health

While it’s true that illness and injury can strike your feet and ankles unexpectedly, it’s also true that much about foot-related health is within your control. Some simple good habits can keep you well and pain-free for a lifetime. Here are five recommendations from Chicago podiatrist Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos:

  1. Wear comfortable shoes. High heels are known to contribute to a host of painful foot issues, including bunions, hammertoes, and more. Save them for special occasions. For day-to-day use, you’ll be happier with a comfortable pair that offers a roomy toe box and a wide heel.
  2. Replace your athletic footwear often. Replace athletic shoes at least once a year or every 500 miles if you are a runner for maximum cushioning and stability.
  3. Has your podiatrist prescribed custom orthotics? Be sure to use them every day. They are important in correcting issues with posture and gait that can lead to foot pain. They are also often a critical component in treating plantar fasciitis.
  4. Carefully trim toenails. Use a clipper made just for the job, rather than scissors, and trim straight across. Never round the corners. If an ingrown toenail develops, do not pick at it or cut it or try to treat it at home. See your foot doctor for help.
  5. Eat a healthy diet that is loaded with fruits, vegetables, lean protein, whole grains, and calcium for strong bones. Limit your consumption of sugar, alcohol, and caffeine.

Of course, the practice that is most likely to ensure the wellness of your feet, ankles, and lower legs is a habit of routine visits to your podiatrist. It is the best way to spot potential issues before they become big problems and to ensure many years of good health. Call (773) 561-8100 or click here to schedule a visit with Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM, in the modern, comfortable My Chicago Foot Expert office today.

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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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