Taking easy steps to prevent issues from happening is always a smarter path than having to deal with the concerns later. This can be seen in so many different areas of life. Changing the oil in your car when recommended will save you a lot of money in costly repairs, (the alternative to never using preventative maintenance). Taking time to observe how water flows around your house, and drains down the street you live on, can help you identify ways to prevent home flooding. Of course, there are also numerous preventative measures when it comes to health and wellness issues.
Corn and callus prevention can sometimes be overlooked, since these conditions are not usually considered to be a big concern. This is unfortunate, because they can cause discomfort and potentially become a major threat for patients with diabetes. Let’s take a look at some easy tips to reduce your risk of developing corns and calluses on your feet:
Wear shoes that fit properly. This is instrumental in reducing your risk of many foot and ankle issues, including corns and calluses. Shoes that are too tight can place excessive pressure on the skin, which then causes calluses. If your footwear is too large, feet can slide inside them. The resulting friction can lead to corns developing. Instead, always make sure your heel is cradled, toes can wiggle, and there is about a thumb’s width of space between your longest toe and the front of the shoe.
Moisturize your feet. In addition to preventing corns and calluses, this is a great way to reduce your risk of dry skin that can fissure and cause pain. Every night, before you go to bed, use a thick moisturizing cream or lotion on clean, dry feet, and then put on a pair of socks to trap in the moisture. You can apply a light moisturizer after showering or bathing in the morning. But avoid the areas between the toes to reduce your risk of fungal infections.
Use protective coverings. If you experience an issue in a specific area of your feet or toes, cover the area with felt pads, non-medicated corn pads, or bandages. You can also use lamb’s wool or toe separators between your toes.