TOP TIPS FOR HEALTHY FEET
Did you know... that the average adult walks the equivalent of more than 4 times around the world in a lifetime? So it is hardly surprising that many adults have some form of foot problem during their lifetime.
We need to look after our feet as much as any other part of our bodies. Unfortunately, we often neglect them and it is not until our feet become uncomfortable that we pay them any attention.
To keep problem feet at bay follow these tips and transform your feet into something you can be proud of!
Wash your feet daily in mild soapy water. You don't need to soak them for too long as this upsets the natural balance of oils in the skin. Dry your feet carefully paying particular attention to the spaces between the toes.
File hard skin away gently with a foot file or pumice stone before or after a bath or shower. Finish by applying moisturising cream.
Apply cream to feet every day, more if they are particularly dry, especially round the heel and sole areas, but avoiding the nails and spaces between toes. Specialist foot creams are avilable from your podiatrist or pharmacy.
Keep the spaces between toes fresh and dry with a little surgical spirit Dip a cotton bud into the surgical spirit and simply wipe between the toes to prevent Athlete's foot developing. Repeat daily especially if you had the problem before.
Keep nails trimmed using proper nail scissors or clippers following the natural curve of the nail. Do not dig into the sides of the nail as this can cause an ingrowing toenail.
Avoid walking barefoot in public places such as swimming pools and gym changing rooms. Wearing flip flops can reduce the risk of picking up infections such as verrucae and Athlete's foot.
Make sure you are wearing the right shoes for foot health. Poor footwear can be the cause of many problems, yet few of us even realise that we are wearing the wrong kind of shoes.
Visit a podiatrist if you have any concerns about your feet to discuss treatment options. Even if you do not have any concerns it is a good idea to visit a podiatrist to spot any problems early and advise on the best way to care for your feet.