Bare Your Soul: Feet Can Give Clues to Health

Experts say the best way to check someone’s health is to look at their feet. Your feet allow you to stay active and keep your balance, and they can be a sentinel of health concerns such as diabetes, arthritis, poor circulation and nerve damage. Remind or help your loved one to check his or her feet every day, and be on the lookout for ingrown toenails, corns and calluses. Feet should be kept clean and dry. Use comfortable socks, and change them regularly. Ensure shoes fit well and are supportive. If anything looks out of the ordinary, talk to your doctor.

It’s not a bad idea to have your loved one see a podiatrist, a physician who specializes in foot and ankle care. Podiatrists can do everything from clipping toenails to performing foot surgery, and many do home visits. Ask your doctor or other health care provider for more information.

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