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5 Misunderstood Aspects of Foot Health

By Dr. Louise Tortora, DPM

Taking care of your feet might not be the first thing on your mind when thinking of healthcare. However, keeping your feet healthy is an essential step in maintaining overall health. To understand the best foot care practices for yourself, it's also important to know what myths and misunderstandings are out there.

1. Going Barefoot Helps Your Feet

Shoes provide protection and are essential to keeping your feet healthy. When going barefoot, you are more prone to cuts and scratches, leading to an increased risk of infections and fungal growth.

2. A Doctor Won't Help a Broken Toe

Like with any other bone, seeing a doctor about a broken toe is essential for helping your toe heal properly. Diagnostic X-rays are important to ensure the break's extent is known and determine what corrective measures need to be taken. If a fracture is not adequately cared for, it can lead to issues with walking.

3. Shoes Are the Main Cause of Bunions

Bunions are a genetically inherited defect and are not caused by outside sources. However, wearing tight or box-cut shoes can worsen the symptoms and appearance of bunions.

4. Feet Don't Require Special Care When Cleaning

One of the most overlooked aspects of foot care is often during bathing. Feet should always be carefully cleaned, thoroughly dried with special care to areas between the toes, and moisturized. Ensuring that your feet are clean and moisturized helps prevent fungal growth and cracking of the skin, which can lead to infections.

5. If You Can Walk on Your Foot or Ankle, It Isn't Broken

This myth can be particularly damaging. Depending on the extent of a break, walking on a broken foot or ankle can be possible. Without proper medical care, fractures can be exacerbated, and bones will not heal properly over time. If you suspect a break or sprain, keep weight off of your foot until you have it diagnosed.

Taking care of your feet is an essential part of your everyday health. If you have questions or concerns, call (203) 254-0093 to schedule an appointment or click here.