- Foot pain is not normal so do not ignore it. If the pain is persistent see a doctor or podiatrist.
- Regularly examine your feet. Pay attention to changes in colour and temperature of your feet. Look for thick or discoloured nails (a sign of developing fungus), and check for cracks or cuts in the skin.
- Wash your feet regularly, especially between the toes and make sure to dry them thoroughly.
- Trim or file your toenails straight across, but not too short. Be careful not to cut nails in corners or on the sides as this can lead to ingrown toenails. Persons with diabetes, poor circulation or heart problems should not treat their own feet because they are more prone to infection and other complications.
- Avoid walking barefooted as it leaves your feet more vulnerable to injury and infection.
- Take care when using over the counter and home remedies for foot ailments as self-treatment can often turn a minor problem into a major one.
- If you have diabetes it is very important that you see a podiatrist or orthotist at least once a year to have your feet thoroughly checked and any changes monitored.