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Sole-ful tips for better foot care

This article first appeared in Liaison, our member newsletter.

Want to put your best foot forward and avoid toe woes? Here are 10 ways to care for your feet so they can continue to take you where you want to go.

  1. Be good to your soles. Wear fresh clean socks and well-fitting shoes every day.
  2. Get the right fit. Always have your feet measured before buying shoes.
  3. Barefoot isn’t better. Always wear shoes outdoors to protect your feet. Indoors, wear shoes as much as possible.
  4. Perfect your pedicure. Trim your toenails straight across and file any sharp edges.
  5. Keep the blood flowing. Improve circulation by stretching, walking and other exercise. Avoid sitting too long with your legs crossed.
  6. Keep your feet clean. Wash your feet every day in warm (not hot) water, using a mild soap. Soaking your feet can dry your skin.
  7. And dry. Drying carefully between your toes will help prevent problems such as athlete’s foot.
  8. But not too dry. Apply a good lotion to your heels and soles. Wipe off excess lotion that is not absorbed. Don’t put lotion between your toes – excessive moisture can promote infection.
  9. Give your feet TLC. Clean cuts or scratches with mild soap and water, and cover with a dry dressing suitable for sensitive skin.
  10. Consult an expert. Have your feet checked annually by your doctor.

The RTOERO Extended health care plan covers foot care services provided by a registered nurse, chiropodist or podiatrist, up to the allowable maximum of $1,300/year for paramedical services.