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Common Footcare Mistakes That You’re Most Likely Making

Published: December 11, 2019

Last modified: December 13, 2019

If you’re like us, you care about the condition of your feet and do everything in your power to ensure that they stay healthy. However, even if you have the best intentions, you are most likely damaging your feet in one way or another.

There are several common mistakes that people make while taking care of their feet. These mistakes range from incorrect nail trimming to walking barefoot in damp areas.

If you value your feet, you need to take the time to educate yourself — the easiest way to do this is by reading this list of common mistakes, provided by our experts at Feet First Clinic.

For those of you that aren’t familiar with us, we are a team of professional chiropodists that specialize in foot care prevention services for common and rare conditions foot conditions. We offer a long list of services and products, including custom made orthotics.

Continue reading to learn more.

Cutting Your Toenails Incorrectly

Cutting your nails may appear to be a simple, mundane task, however, it is extremely important and needs to be done correctly.

Many people are unaware that they can get ingrown toenails from improper nail trimming — if left untreated, ingrown toenails can become infected and require surgical treatment.

Before cutting your nails, you should soften them in warm water. This will make the nail less brittle, allowing you to make a clean cut. Additionally, you should always cut straight across and leave as much of the cuticle on as possible. This will decrease the risk of infections and ingrown toenails.

If you get a serious ingrown toenail, you need to get in contact with our team as soon as possible. Our experts can have it removed quickly and have you feeling back to normal immediately.

Walking Barefoot in Damp Areas

Many people will walk barefoot in public locker rooms and showers. Although this may not seem like a huge issue to some people, doing this can seriously harm your feet. You need to make sure that you wear some sort of protective footwear while you’re walking in moist areas.

Some examples of reliable footwear include:

  • Sandals
  • Flip-flops
  • Water shoes
  • Shower shoes

Doing this is important for several reasons, one of the primary factors being that it can help prevent issues like toe fungus. This condition causes your nails to become yellow, thick and foul-smelling. Men tend to have a higher chance of developing foot fungus, along with elderly people and individuals that suffer from athlete’s foot.

If you’re currently suffering from nail fungus or a similar condition, you can purchase some of our moisture-controlling socks, shoes or sandals – these garments will keep your feet dry and fungus-free.

Don’t take your feet for granted — our reliable team wants to help you stay on top of your footcare regimen and avoid making the common mistakes listed above.

By using these helpful tips, you can prevent painful issues like ingrown toenails and fungal infections.

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