Quiz: Are You Foot Care Prepared?

Our office takes your foot care seriously, but that doesn’t mean we won’t take the opportunity to have some educational fun now and then. Some extra know-how when it comes to the feet of you and your family might just go a long way toward making good, healthy choices! Take a stab at the following questions, answering true or false below:

  1. Everyone has flat feet at some point in their lives.

Answer: True! We are all born with flat feet, but our arches develop over time as we grow and begin to walk. Noticing that your child has flat feet is usually not a cause for concern unless your child is experiencing pain. Your child’s feet should still be periodically examined by a podiatrist to make sure the arches are developing properly, however.

  1. Your feet tend to be largest in the morning.

Answer: False! Feet tend to be their largest toward the evening, due to the forces of gravity acting upon them throughout the day. This is the best time to try on new shoes for a comfortable fit.

  1. When moisturizing your feet, you shouldn’t forget to apply a liberal amount between the toes.

Answer: False! Moisturizing dry feet is a good idea, but having extra moisture in the crevasses of the toes can provide a breeding ground for fungal infections. This can be especially dangerous for people with diabetes.

  1. Toenails should be trimmed straight across, not rounding the corners.

Answer: False! When you trim, you should avoid cutting the toenails too short and make sure to trim so it’s curved in the corner of the nail. This will prevent toenails from becoming ingrown.

  1. Heels on shoes should not be more than two inches high.

Answer: True! Lower heels will provide a more natural foot position and reduce stress on the bones in the front of the foot. Even these heels, however, should not be worn constantly.

Hope you had fun! If you have a foot or ankle problem that’s puzzling you, don’t hesitate to contact our Bloomington office at (812) 333-4422 or use our online form. Dr. Kevin Powers and our friendly staff will be more than happy to help.