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By Brian Cragg
March 19, 2013
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Blisters   spring makeover   toenails   dry skin   sandals  

Spring Makeover for Your FeetSpring is on the way—are your feet ready?  Winter boots are great for the cold and snow, but they can leave your feet looking for a breath of fresh air!  How can you get your feet ready for their spring debut?

If your feet have spent most of the winter enveloped in wool socks and warm footwear, they may need some extra attention.  Cold weather can be drying to the body—including the feet.  Take some time to carefully trim your toenails straight across, use a pumice stone to rub away dry skin, and moisturize your feet with a hydrating lotion. 

Next, have your own shoe fashion show.  Dig out all of your spring favourites, and try them on for size.  You may find that your feet have grown, so don’t be afraid to donate pairs that no longer fit.  Also, take note of any shoes that slip on the heel, or seem to be rubbing your feet.  You can prevent blisters, calluses, and corns by being proactive.  Use shoe pads to decrease slip and Band-Aids to protect your skin against friction.

As you make the transition to fun flats and sandals, give your feet a break.  These types of shoes affect the feet differently than winter footwear.  If your feet feel tired at the end of the day, soak them in warm water.  Adding Epson salts, or essential oils can add to the relaxation process.  Massaging the feet with lotion in a circular motion can also give the feet a little extra TLC during this time.

Foot pain should never take the spring out of your step.  Chiropodist Brian Cragg understands your foot health needs.  Call the friendly staff at Markham Foot Care Clinic today at (905)294-8087.  You can also schedule an appointment online.

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By Brian Cragg
December 07, 2011
Category: Health, Foot Care
Tags: Ingrown Toenails   Heel Pain   Fungus   Blisters  

Thick socks, warm boots, and fuzzy slippers keep our feet protected from the elements during these cold winter months. Though they may protect your feet from frostbite and snow; your socks, boots, and slippers won't ward off ingrown toenails, fungus, blisters, or heel pain. It's easier to remember to take care of your toes when you're wearing flip flops and walking barefoot in the grass, but they don't cease to exist just because you're wearing thick socks.

Markham Foot Care Clinic can treat foot problems all year round; one of the things you should watch for the most during the winter is ingrown toenails. Ingrown toenails can be brought on by tight-fitting socks and shoes along with poor trimming habits. Remember to cut your toenails straight across; the corners of your toes are what dig into the tender skin on either side of your toenail and become enflammed and painful.

You can also fight off ingrown toenails by soaking your feet in warm, soapy water whenever you get a chance, recommended 2-3 times a day. This softens the toenails while cleaning your feet which prevents infection and fungus. If you feel comfortable, you can also try to peel up a corner of the toenail when the nail is soft to encourage growth above the skin.

If an ingrown toenail becomes severe, surgery may be required which includes cutting out the section of toenail that's become ingrown. If you're concerned that you may have a severely ingrown toenail, call our office to schedule an appointment.

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