How to Properly Clean Your Feet

Robert G. Parker
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Dr. Parker is a podiatrist and surgeon in Houston, TX who has been helping patients for more than 40 years.

How much time do you spend washing your feet each day?  Or, do you let gravity do the work as water and soap from your shower run over them, and then give a little swipe at the end for good measure?  Many of us would fall into the second category.  However, after all of the work that our feet do for us on a daily basis, they deserve extra attention. 

Proper foot care, including foot washing, is one of the best things that we can do for our feet.  Hidden in socks and shoes all day, they are the perfect place for fungus and bacterial infections to begin.  Plus, taking the time to look at your feet will give you tips about your footwear and your overall health.  For instance, if you notice blisters and corns—your shoes are probably too small.  Feet that are swollen may indicate a serious health issue.  Your feet are talking to you, and taking the time to care for them will help you listen!

Washing your feet is simple and quick.  Start by giving them an overall wash with a gentle soap.  Focus some scrubbing time in between the toes, where dirt and fungus can hide.  Go over the entire foot, and don’t forget the heels and ankles!  Check out your toenails as well.  A nail brush is a great tool for removing dirt that collects beneath the toenails.  Finally, us a wet pumice stone about once a week to exfoliate the skin.  Completely dry your feet—don’t forget to get in between the toes!

Our feet are important in everything that we do, so take the time to care for them.  If you are experiencing foot and ankle pain, listen to your feet.  Call Parker Foot & Ankle at (281) 497-2850, or contact us online to schedule an appointment at our Houston, TX office.  Dr. Robert Parker and his friendly staff look forward to serving you.

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