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How Do I Use a Pumice Stone?

Individuals who take good care of their feet often do so with the use of several different self-care tools. For example, an individual might care for their feet with nail clippers and lotion. Importantly, an individual who is serious about caring for their feet might also have what is known as a pumice stone. This tool is essentially a stone that is used to gently remove dead skin, calluses, and corns on the feet. It can be easy to misuse this tool, however. When using a pumice stone on your feet, you may consider not applying too much pressure to the feet, as this can cause skin abrasions and bleeding. When applying too much pressure with a pumice stone, an infection may become likely. Instead, an individual can apply this tool gently to slowly reduce the calluses and corns. If you are someone that wants to use a pumice stone, then it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist today. 

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Houston Foot and Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

The Elderly and Their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions 

  • Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet and can hide many life-threatening medical conditions.
  • Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.
  • Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:
  • Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe
  • Shoes that don’t fit properly
  • Pressure sores
  • Loss of circulation in legs & feet
  • Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Kingwood, Humble, The Woodlands, and Conroe, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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