You may not think about it, but you use your toes daily as a matter of course. It is just part of getting around in life. Like other muscles, those in the toes can get tired, and sometimes they get cramped. Among the main causes of toe cramps are dehydration and overexertion. As you age, your muscle mass is reduced, yes, even in the toes. After the age of 40 it is particularly important to stay active to reduce the stress on the toe muscles. People with diabetes and peripheral arterial disease are even more likely to develop toe cramps as their level of activity diminishes. Low levels of minerals, such as calcium, potassium, sodium or magnesium may also contribute to cramping. There are a number of simple exercises you can do to keep your toes in shape. If excessive toe cramping is part of your life, It’s a good idea to consult a podiatrist for an examination and a treatment plan.
Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, contact Alex Yanovskiy, DPM from Illinois Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Everyday Foot Care
Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. Without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks.
It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before. For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops. Wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent Athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Des Plaines , IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.