Toe, Foot, and Ankle Problems, Noninjury (cont.)
The following tips may prevent toe, foot, or ankle problems.
- Bathe your feet daily in lukewarm (not hot) water. Use a mild soap, preferably one containing moisturizers, or use a moisturizer separately.
- Wear comfortable and supportive shoes. See tips on good footwear. Support weak or unstable ankles by using a brace or taping before exercise or activities that increase your risk of problems.
- Wear the correct size panty hose and stockings. Avoid wearing constricting garters, knee-high, or thigh-high stockings.
- Use a rubber mat to stand on if your work requires you to stand on hard surfaces. This may reduce stress on your feet.
- Maintain a reasonable weight for your height.
- Do stretching exercises for the tendons at the back of the heels. This is especially important for athletes before sports activities but is also helpful for people who are not involved with sports.
- Walk regularly to improve circulation, increase flexibility, reduce fatigue, and encourage bone and muscle development.
- Establish good exercise habits and sports training techniques.
- Consider consulting a sports-training specialist if you are a competitive or serious recreational athlete. He or she can recommend training and conditioning programs to prevent foot problems.
Foot care tips