Celebrating Valentine’s Day with Your Feet

When you first think of Valentine’s Day, you probably think of red hearts, candy, champagne, and other people – probably your spouse, family, or friends. But imagine if you expanded your idea of Valentine’s Day to include yourself. What if you said, “This year, I am going to send a valentine to me”? You can! Here are three ideas from Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos to help:

  1. Treat feet to a relaxing spa pedicure or massage. Not only will this help you relax, but it can also improve circulation and the appearance of your feet. You’ll need to make careful choices to preserve foot health at your visit. Make sure the provider trims toenails straight across to prevent ingrown toenails. Insist on excellent hygiene practices, including disposable basin liners and sterilized tools to prevent the transmission of germs and viruses that can lead to plantar warts and other infections. Do not allow the tech to use a grater or razor to remove a callus or corn. These are tasks for your podiatrist.
  2. Head outside and take a walk. It is the best thing you can do to improve strength and flexibility and to promote balance, reducing your risk of a fracture-causing fall. If it’s chilly out there, keep feet warm with wool socks and insulated footwear, especially if diminished circulation is an issue.
  3. Take the discomfort seriously. It should not hurt to stand, walk, or run! Your podiatrist can diagnose and treat common causes of foot pain, including arthritis, plantar fasciitis, and more. Many treatment approaches, such as the prescription of custom orthotics, are entirely non-invasive.

Of course, the best way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your feet is by scheduling a visit with a board-certified podiatrist like Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM. Your foot doctor has years of specialized training and experience on which to draw when caring for this part of your body and is the best-qualified medical professional to help you. Call the friendly My Chicago Foot Expert staff at (773) 561-8100 or click here to schedule an appointment 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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