As the cooler months approach, now is the time to start taking extra care of our feet. Our feet will be nice and warm in our shoes or boots and socks, so we will not be looking at them as much. The cooler weather will often bring on dry, scaling skin on our feet. Each day, it is important to check the feet carefully, especially if you are diabetic, have rheumatoid arthritis, or another chronic disease. If you notice anything abnormal (color changes, openings, growths, drainage, for example), if is important to call a podiatrist. Additionally, it is important to moisturize the feet twice daily with a thick cream or vasoline. When doing this, it is important to avoid putting the cream or vasoline between the toes. This is already a moist area of the foot, and more cream may cause the skin here to break down or open up.
Watch for future blogs on how to get your feet ready for the winter! Dr. Bender is a foot and ankle specialist at Advanced Physical Medicine and practices at the Oak Park and Chicago/63rd locations. She has been in practice since finishing her residency in 2001, and she has also had three foot surgeries on her feet! She knows how it feels to have painful feet and can help you! Call today for your appointment, 708-763-0580 or 773-776-3166.