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Helpful Tips for Caring for Your Feet

Your feet take the weight of your whole body, so foot problems can quickly lead to discomfort and affect the way you walk. This, in turn, can cause knee, hip, and back pain. Nine out of 10 people experience some sort of foot problem, with one in five admitting to suffering with foot pain often or constantly. Research shows that a huge number of people are willing to put up with sore, aching, and painful feet.

However, put simply, your feet shouldn't hurt on a daily basis. If you are experiencing discomfort, it is usually because you aren't wearing the right footwear. You don't need to put up with it, so please seek professional advice. Call to Book an appointment today!

Preventing Problems

Written below are 10 tips on how to keep your feet in good condition and prevent problems:

1. Wash Your Feet Often

Keep your feet clean by washing them every day in warm soapy water, but don’t soak them too long as this might destroy your skin’s natural oils.

2. Dry Your Feet Well

Dry your feet thoroughly after washing them, especially between the toes, which is where fungal infections such as athlete’s foot can develop.

3. Moisturise and File

 If your skin is dry, apply moisturising cream all over your foot except between the toes. Gently remove hard skin and callouses with a pumice stone or foot file. Don’t overdo it though, or skin will grow back harder than ever.

4. Cut Toenails Carefully

 Trim your toenails regularly using proper nail clippers. Always cut straight across, never at an angle or down the edges as this can cause in-growing toenails.

5. Shoe Shop in the Afternoon

Shop for shoes in the afternoon. Your feet swell as the day goes on, and if shoes fit in the afternoon when your feet are at their largest, you can be assured they will always be comfortable.

6. Footwear Tips for Work

 If you have to wear heels at work, wear comfortable shoes to and from the office, and only wear your smart shoes once you’re in the office. Also, try to vary the heel height between low, medium, and high, and read up on how to choose the right footwear for work.

7. Limit Time Wearing High Heels

Be shoe savvy; wear high heels and pointed shoes for special occasions only, and always wear the right shoes for the job (so no sandals for mountain climbing). We recommend reading a survival guide on high heels.

8. Change Your Socks Often to Avoid Foot Odour

Change your socks daily to keep your feet fresh. Dirty socks can cause smelly feet.

Take Care of Your Feet after 60

Foot care is even more important for over 60s as age takes its toll. As you get older, you skin gets thinner, your joints begin to stiffen, and your feet become more vulnerable to the cold. At this age, it physically becomes more difficult to get on your feet.

9. Watch out for Foot Bugs in Communal Changing Areas

Wear flip flops to avoid catching athlete’s foot and verrucae when you use public areas such as gym showers, swimming pools, or hotel bathrooms.

10. Take Care with Flip Flops

You can’t wear flip flops all the time. They don’t provide support for your feet and can give you arch and heel pain if you wear them too much.

Painful Feet!

Contact our foot clinic now, in Romford, Essex, for more foot care tips.