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Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Faces are lovely,
but feet are, too!

Using words like this won’t show them how much you appreciate them, but there are other ways to show feet some love at Valentine’s Day. You can employ the same ideas you use when dealing with other relationships. Here are our top 6 suggestions:

  • Show they are important by paying attention to them every day. Look them over and check for blisters, cuts, scrapes, redness or swelling—anything that might indicate a problem.
  • Care for them lovingly. That means washing them every day with warm water and mild soap, and keeping the skin soft and supple with a good moisturizer. Just don’t put it between your toes—you don’t want that area to be too moist.
  • Hash out little problems before they become big issues. Got a callus forming on your heel? Use gentle actions to get rid of the hard skin. Toenails behaving badly? Nip the problem in the bud with proper trimming techniques. Arch pain? Take the pressure off and let your foot heal so the problem doesn’t get worse.
  • Protect them. Shield them from danger by wearing socks for warmth and shoes to keep them away from objects and surfaces that could hurt them.
  • Do things together. The best way to become close is to spend time together. So take them for a walk—it will make you both stronger and healthier. Go out for a night of dancing and enjoy each other’s company.
  • Say thank you. They do a lot for you, so show your appreciation with a special treat like a foot massage or a warm foot soak and pedicure.

Make the time and effort to really show you care, and your feet will reward you by being friends for life. And if your “loved ones” ever get in trouble and are in pain, get help for them right away. Sometimes the most loving thing you can do is contact Southern California Foot & Ankle Specialists for diagnosis and treatment. You can reach our office in Ladera Ranch, CA by dialing (949) 364-9255 (WALK) or by using our online form to get a message to us. We’ll work as a team to help them feel better again.