Let’s confess. You get out of the shower and pull on your socks or nylons and shoes. Right? You don’t even really glance at your feet.
Unfortunately, that split second, usually an automatic action, causes us to miss things our feet are trying to tell us. So, let’s slow down and see what we might have missed.
Start with the toes. Use your fingers to spread them apart and make sure they are dry and there are no signs of athlete’s foot. Look for calluses on the side or bottom of the toes.
Now the toenails. Check for nails that need a trim or filing, signs of ingrown toenails and toenail fungus.
Move on down to the bottoms of your feet. Check for any unusual bumps that might be plantar warts.
Now around to the heels. Look for cracks in the skin, scaly skin or calluses that indicate dryness and the need for a moisturizer.
Finally, move around to the sides of the foot. Check for calluses that could be reduced.
This quick check can take only a few seconds but can prevent problems later. Learn to use your fingers and hands to gauge the health of your feet.