Foot Care Appointments with Shuman Podiatry & Sports Medicine
To help us make your visit more efficient – we want you to be informed. Below we provide information that will assist you prepare for your visit and make it a more worthwhile experience. If you have any questions, please ask us!
Preparing For Your Visit
For us to provide the best possible care for you, please bring the following items to your visit:
- Photo ID
- Insurance information, insurance card, and referral (if required)
- A list of your current medications
- Any and all previous films –X-ray, MRI, CT, bone scans
- Diagnostic test results
- Information about your previous treatments and medications
- Medical records from prior visits that you think may be helpful
- Your referring/primary physician and primary care physician’s name, address, phone number, and date of the last visit
Caring for Your Feet
You are a partner in caring for your feet and it is important for you to be in charge. Here are some tips for your own foot care. Follow this advice to keep your feet healthier (and you happier):
- Moisturize – Moisturize feet daily to help avoid dry, cracked, and irritated skin.
- Exercise– You can do this at home or under your work desk: Stretch to avoid muscle cramps. Stave off toe cramps by raising, pointing, and curling your toes for five seconds. Repeat 10 times. Rotating your ankles can also help relax feet. Cup your heel and turn each ankle slowly five times to loosen ankle joints.
- Massage – Foot rubs feel good and are a great way to release tension, boost circulation, and refresh skin after a long day on your feet. Take a few minutes to massage your feet at the end of a day your day. Use lotion and take care of moisturizing at the same time!
- Pedicure Properly – Be sure your pedicure is done properly. Never use a razor to remove dead skin – use a good pumice stone instead. Don’t cut cuticles; push them back gently with a rubber tool made for this purpose. Use toenail clippers with a straight edge to cut nails straight across.
- Raise your legs – Feet and ankles can swell from sitting too long in one position (such as on a long flight or a long drive) or if you’ve been on your feet all day. Elevate your legs to reduce swelling. While laying down or sitting, lift your legs above your heart.
- Wear smart shoes – When you know you’ll be on your feet all day, wear comfortable shoes with good arch support and a padded sole.
At Shuman Podiatry & Sports Medicine we strive to help you regain comfort and a joyful lifestyle filled with active living. Contact us to regain confidence in your step!