Daily Foot Care

Taking care of your feet every day will keep them healthy. You will need a foot care kit, containing:

  • nail clippers
  • nail file
  • a non-breakable hand mirror
  • lotion
  • a pumice stone

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Nail Clippers
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Nail File
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A Non-Breakable
Hand Mirror

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A Pumice Stone

Keeping everything you need in one place makes it easier to follow this nine-step foot care routine:

1. Wash your feet in warm (not hot) water, using a mild soap. Do not soak your feet for more than 10 minutes because it can dry out your skin.

2. While your feet are still wet, use a pumice stone to smooth and prevent calluses.

3. Dry your feet carefully, especially between your toes.

4. Use your hand mirror to look at the bottom of your feet. Or, ask someone else to check them for you. Check thoroughly, including between your toes for:

  • cuts
  • cracks
  • ingrown toenails
  • blisters
  • anything else unusual

5. Clean cuts or scratches with mild soap and water, and cover with a dry dressing suitable for sensitive skin.

6. Trim your toenails straight across. File any sharp edges. Don’t cut the nails too short.

7. Apply unscented lotion to your heels and soles. Wipe off any lotion that is not absorbed. Lotion helps to keep your skin supple, but too much moisture can promote infection.

8. Feel the skin temperature on each foot. If the temperature of each foot is different, please contact your doctor, foot care specialist or a member of your healthcare team as soon as possible as there are many causes of changes in foot temperature, including infection and circulation.

9. Wear clean, white socks as often as you can. That way, if you have a cut or sore, you can easily see any blood spots.

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