Odds are if you’re reading this post you’ve probably partaken in some sort of foot care routine and know the importance of taking care of your feet. However, after multiple Podiatry visits, purchased products, and DIY routines you might be wondering, “am I doing too much?”. If you’re curious as to whether your desire to take care of your feet is extensive or not enough, you’ll want to keep reading.
How Much is Too Much?
As we’ve stated before in previous blog posts, having a daily foot care routine is extremely crucial for the health of your feet. Most of us spend the majority of the day on our feet, which happens to absorb most of the impact of our bodies as we move around. This makes it a necessity to be treating them with care.
If you’re keeping up with clipping your toenails (properly), applying moisturizer, exfoliating a few times a week, and attending your Podiatry appointments, then you’re in the clear. Where we see most “over-doers” go wrong is they take this routine to the extreme.
Extreme foot care might look like clipping your toenails so short or ragged that they grow back as ingrown toenails. Or you might be exfoliating so much to the point where your feet are raw and developing painful blisters. Some patients even exfoliate so hard they end up creating open wounds that don’t heal properly. Another common mistake is applying so many foot products that they don’t absorb properly and leave you with some unwanted fungus.
How to Fix the Problem
We love foot care as much as the next Podiatrist, but we also love practical and sustainable foot care. So, we recommend avoiding the daily exfoliating unless otherwise recommended by your Podiatrist. Your exfoliating should not be painful or leaving you with open wounds that can become infected. We recommend foot products that leave them feeling silky smooth but apply a normal amount that has time to absorb into your feet properly. If you notice any itching, burning, or swelling, stop using that product immediately and contact your Podiatrist. Lastly, clip your toenails just short enough to where you’re not allowing the toenail to grow back rigid.
There are so many different routines you probably have to keep up with, which is why having a customized foot care routine can help you save time. If you have no idea what to do or what products to use, schedule an appointment with our Total Foot Care to get started. It’s time to start taking care of your feet as you do with the other vital parts of your body!