Keeping Feet HealthyPrint
Keep your feet clean by washing them every day in warm soapy water, but don’t soak them for too long, as this may destroy the natural oil of your skin. After washing, dry your feet thoroughly, especially between the toes. Apply moisturising cream all over the foot, except for between the toes and use a pumice stone or foot file to gently remove hard skin and calluses.
- Trim your toenails regularly using proper nail clippers. Cut straight across, never at an angle or down the edges, as this can cause ingrown toenails.
- Use foot powder to keep your feet fresh and dry.
- Keep your feet warm in cold weather.
- Exercise to improve circulation, and when sitting for long periods, put your feet up.
- Don’t wear the same shoes every day.
- Change your shoes when you get home if you have been particularly active, such as having been on a long walk.
Feet deserve the best, as you depend on them for a lot! Treat your feet to regular care and treatment by a Podiatrist or Chiropodist.
A Podiatrist will identify and correct or prevent deformity, and maintain normal mobility and function.
Podiatrists provide the basis for the ideal walking style and posture, and may recommend any medial or surgical condition that requires referral and management. They also can issue treatments to relieve pain, and treat infections, and skin, nail, soft tissue and connective tissue problems. This is often done in conjunction with or referral to other members of the healthcare team.
will also give expert advice on footwear, so it is a good idea to
take a pair of shoes with you when you next see your Podiatrist.
and Chiropodists have to be registered with the Health Professionals
Council, so if you are seeing someone privately, you can be confident
of the practitioner’s proficiency, if they call themselves a
Podiatrist or Chiropodist. To use these titles when not on the
register is an offence.
To find a Podiatrist or Chiropodist near to you, you can visit the Sandpiper website, and use the Chiropodist locator.
If you are a registered Podiatrist or Chiropodist in the UK and would like to be included on our chiropodist locator please contact Sandpiper on 01295 277377 for further details.
More next week...
We hope this guide has been helpful and offered you some tips that will help you keep your feet healthy. Next week we will be looking at how to check whether your shoes fit your feet correctly and further tips when purchasing new shoes.
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