The NETTUTS.com site recommends that you don't ignore your WordPress footer and instead enhance it with some simple HTML and CSS.
Footers are often an overlooked aspect of designing a site - when they can actually be kinda handy and informative. In this tutorial we'll go through some options you can have for your WordPress site.
They take different bits of information - archived posts, the "about" message and some links - and arrange them in a sidebar sort of format. This is then styled to work more like a footer, moving it down to the bottom of the page and laid out horizontally. The complete code for the tutorial can be dropped easily into the wp-content folder (named "WPFooter").