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Fox Valley Orthopedics’ Dr. Joanna Chura Helps Patients Learn a Little Foot TLC

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Fox Valley Orthopedics’ Dr. Joanna Chura Helps Patients Learn a Little Foot TLC

Let’s Dance…Healthy Feet, Healthy Heart, Healthy Body

February conjures up visions of Valentine’s Day cards, chocolates, and romantic dinners. But with another month of winter on the docket before the arrival of warmer weather, many of us are wondering how to fill up our dance cards…literally.

Dancing is the perfect way to keep moving this winter, a way to while away the hours while staying indoors where it’s warm. So why not take a little time to learn about foot health, and then slip your feet into your best pair of dancing shoes.

“Dance is a great way to stay fit,” says Dr. Joanna M. Chura, a podiatrist at Fox Valley Orthopedics. “And an updated and individualized foot and ankle care regimen goes a long way to improving overall foot health as well as the rest of your well being.”

A weight-bearing activity, dance is a good way to build strong bones. Dance also boosts upper body strength. And whenever a person succeeds in getting their heart rate up – which they can easily do while dancing – they’re getting an aerobic workout…which is great for the heart.

It’s always easier to stick with an activity if you’re enjoying it. And dancing offers the same health benefits as outdoor activities such as running or biking.

But without healthy feet, what fun would dancing be? Here are Dr. Chura’s tips on how to keep your dancing feet healthy:

Wash and be wary – bathe your feet in lukewarm water daily with a mild soap, especially between the toes, and dry them completely. If you notice redness, discoloring, temperature changes, swelling, cracks in the skin, thick or discolored nails, sores or growths, consult your podiatrist.

Never use a razor or pocketknife – calluses are not curable, but can be maintained so they are less painful. Maintenance includes foot soaks in warm, epsom salt water followed by filing with a pumice stone or foot file. Applying a moisturizing cream after is recommended.

If the shoe fits – make sure your shoes fit properly. Buy them in the afternoon as feet often swell during the day.

Know your type – select the correct shoe for the activity (i.e. running shoes for running). A firm-soled shoe with a soft upper is best for everyday wear.

A change is as good as a rest – don’t wear the same shoes every day.

Barefoot is bad – your feet will be vulnerable to injury and infection.
Diabetic feet require special care – see a podiatrist for a yearly for a check-up.
Pain isn’t the norm – If you experience persistent pain, see a podiatrist.

Dr. Chura specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle problems. She is a huge proponent of preventive care, and offers evening hours for patient convenience.