What exactly is routine foot care?
In reality, routine foot care is one of the most basic yet wonderful treatments that Dr. Theall provides with exceptional skill. "Gentle Touch Foot Care" is the office philosophy. At no time should there ever be pain associated with this kind of care. The trimming of painful corns, calluses, and ingrown or thickened nails requires a delicate and light touch. Gentle reassurance and a compassionate understanding of the patient's fears of anticipated pain are necessary to provide a complete service.
Treatment usually starts with a soothing whirlpool to relax the feet, reduce the soreness, and to soften the areas to be treated. Once the lesions are trimmed, a massage of the feet is given to stimulate the circulation. Various pads or soft lamb's wool are then applied as needed to add extra comfort.
Even the most painful feet will feel immediately better! It is amazing to see the transformation in a person who walks in limping, but leaves smiling and feeling great. Of course, the pain will in most cases eventually return, depending on how much walking a person does, the kind of work they do, and, of course, the kind of shoes they wear. But with proper scheduling, even the most difficult feet can be kept comfortable.
Does your health insurance cover this care?
It may depend on your particular plan and if complicating factors, such as diabetes or poor circulation are present. Medicare in particular has very strict standards. Dr. Theall can evaluate your feet to se if you qualify for routine foot care. If not, the fees are reasonable so that everyone can afford to feel like new again!
- Don't ignore foot pain. It's not normal. If the pain persists, contact our office.
- Inspect your feet regularly. Pay attention to changes in color and temperature. Look for thick or discolored nails (a sign of developing fungus), and check for cracks or cuts in the skin. Peeling or scaling on the soles of feet could indicate Athlete's foot. Any growth on the foot is not considered normal.
- Wash your feet regularly, especially between the toes, and be sure to dry them completely.
- Trim toenails straight across, but not too short. Be careful not to cut nails in corners or on the sides; it can lead to ingrown toenails. Persons with diabetes, poor circulation or heart problems should not treat their own feet because they are more prone to infection.
- Make sure that your shoes fit properly. Purchase new shoes later in the day when feet tend to be at their largest and replace worn out shoes as soon as possible.
- Select and wear the right shoe for the activity that you are engaged in (i.e. running shoes for running).
- Alternate shoes - don't wear the same pair of shoes every day.
- Avoid walking barefooted. Your feet will be more prone to injury and infection. At the beach or when wearing sandals always use sunblock on your feet as the rest of your body.
- Be cautious when using home remedies for foot ailments. Self-treatment can often turn a minor problem into a major one.
- If you are a diabetic, contact our office at least once a year for a check-up.