Mitchell Greenbaum, D.P.M.

Chief of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, St. Francis Hospital

Diplomate, American Board of Podiatric Surgery

Fellow, American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons


Foot Care Tips

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  • Wash and dry feet thoroughly on a daily basis.

  • Cut toenails straight across- never round them off, and never dig into the corners.

  • Lotions: use regularly to moisturize the skin of the feet, but do not apply between toes, as this can encourage the growth of fungus.

  • Pedicures: always ask your nail salon or spa to explain their santizing procedures completely.

Cleanliness and Care

  • Shoes should be neither too tight nor too loose. They should fit comfortably with no rubbing or irritation.

  • When shopping for shoes, do so later in the day when feet have settled and swelled to their maximum size.

  • Do not wear shoes/sneakers without socks, as socks are designed to absorb perspiration, which can lead to an array of foot disorders.

  • Women should avoid excessively restrictive nylon hoisery.

  • Wear fresh, clean, well-fitted socks every day.

Shoes and Socks

  • Try not to walk barefoot, even at the beach. Bare, unprotected feet are subject to serious injuries.

  • Always use sunscreen on feet, especially when wearing open sandals.

  • Have extra pairs of clean socks available when enjoying recreational activities such as hiking, nature walking, etc. Also, during these times, be sure to rest your feet regularly.

Outdoor Activities

  • Orthoses wearers should have their orthoses checked every 6 months.

  • Orthoses should be replaced at least every 5 years.


  • Never ignore foot pain, as it may be a sign of a potentially serious problem or condition.

  • Do not use over-the-counter remedies to treat corns and calluses. These conditions require professional attention.

Foot Pain

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