House Call: Keeping Your Feet in Good Shape
Most individuals walk an estimated 75,000 miles in their lifetime—that’s four trips around the globe! Therefore, it is extremely important to take care of our feet.
Keeping the skin and toenails in good condition is the first step in keeping your feet healthy. Moisturize your feet daily, avoiding getting lotion stuck in between the toes. For dry or rough skin, exfoliate with a tool such as a pumice stone. When cutting the toenails, cut straight across and not too close to the skin.
Picking the right shoe to wear for running, walking or other activities also plays an integral role in taking care of your feet. When purchasing a shoe, pick one that bends right behind the toe area, not at the arch. Also, a proper shoe should not be flimsy enough to easily twist side to side, or pinch the back sides of the heal area inward—it should be firm. Wearing shoes with proper support can help ensure foot health.
It is also important to pay attention to any changes or abnormalities on the feet. Common foot problems include warts, ingrown toenails, athlete’s foot and odorous feet. If you are experiencing any of these conditions or any pain in the feet, it is important to get them checked and properly treated by a podiatrist. Our community is fortunate, as Cone Health has an exceptional network of podiatrists and related healthcare providers dedicated to caring for individuals with foot problems or conditions.
Dr. Kathryn Egerton is a podiatrist at Triad Foot Center and a member of the Cone Health Medical Staff. Dr. Egerton holds a Bachelor of Science in exercise science from Appalachian State University. She received her Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia, PA and completed her residency at DePaul Health Center in Saint Louis, Missouri. During her three-year residency she was trained in foot surgery, rear foot and ankle surgery as well as wound care and limb salvage.