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Your Spring Checklist for Foot Health

Spring is here, and it is time to burst out into the warmer outdoors (well, when the weather cooperates, at least)! Whether you set out for birdwatching at Fairfax State Recreation Area or would rather walk to Buskirk-Chumley Theater to take in the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, your feet deserve to be freed from the oppressive boots and dryness of winter. Here is a short foot care checklist to keep in mind when preparing your feet for the seasonal shift.

Moisturize – Cold winter weather and a lack of humidity can hit the feet especially hard, since they don’t have the oil glands that help lock in moisture like other parts of our skin. If your feet need some softening, use a pumice stone or foot scrub (or even soak in one-part Listerine to two-parts water!) after bathing to exfoliate dry skin, then work in a mild moisturizing cream.

Clear the Nails – If you have been painting your toenails in dark, robust colors through winter, there might be some discoloration now that they are more in the light. Cut the polish for a week or two and it should go away. If not, come see us!

Check Your Shoes – You may be itching to get out on the roads and trails again, but make sure your shoes are up for the task. If you’ve logged 300-500 miles on your best athletic shoes, notice any creasing, or see that they are uneven when placed on a flat surface, then they’re likely too worn to provide you the right support. Pick up a new pair.

If you notice anything out of the ordinary on your spring foot survey, Dr. Kevin Powers can help. Contact our Bloomington, IN office at (812) 333-4422 and we’ll set up an appointment for all your ankle and foot care needs.

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