Winter foot care

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – How often do you look at your feet? Tim Ezell talks with Dr. Annessa Blackmun, a podiatrist, about keeping your feet healthy, especially during the winter.

All age groups should see their podiatrist once a year, just like a regular doctor, optometrist, dentist visit - even if you have no problems.

People with diabetes should see their podiatrist - but so should children and adults who play sports, the elderly, and individuals who may have foot issues, but either think they are normal or ignore the issue.

Find out more:

Daily foot inspection:

- look at the soles of feet

- look in between toes

- look at toenails( color, thickness, odor)

Common issues that warrant a visit with your local podiatrist

  • heel pain
  • itchy or smelly feet
  • cuts or abrasions on bottom of feet or in between toes
  • ingrowing toenails
  • possible toenail fungus (for example discolored, loose, painful, thick toenails)
  • numbness or tingling in feet
  • gout, sore, swollen, painful feet, knee, hip, or back pain