Caring for your feet

Simple Suggestions for Healthy Feet

  • Keep your feet clean & dry
  • Apply foot creams or olive oil to dry skin preferably on a daily basis but avoid between toes.
  • Avoid using hot water and strong soaps.
  • Dry skin carefully. Do not rub hard with a towel.
  • Avoid if possible athlete’s foot infection, use a mild fungicidal powder.
  • Do not cut corns, calluses or ingrown toe nails yourself, particularly if you are a diabetic as further discomfort and indeed infection can easily set in.
  • Avoid bruises, burns, cuts, cracks and frostbite. If any of these injuries occur, seek professional advice immediately.
  • Avoid the use of harsh or strong medications such as antiseptics containing iodine or carbolic acid, etc; corn cures, or chemical compounds and ointments for athlete’s foot.
  • Avoid exposure to cold and dampness.
  • Seek immediate professional care for any ulcer or sore on the foot or leg.

Proper care and treatment of your feet will relieve pain and help your feet to carry on the duties necessary to living a full and happy life.

If you are Diabetic, you should always consult your Chiropodist regarding any foot matters.

Common Foot Ailments

  • Corns are caused by friction and pressure. They do not have roots (a common misconception) and the cause is also often due to bone deformity or shearing stress.
  • Calluses are a symptom, not a disease, and the cause must be corrected before the calluses can be cured. Chronic corns and calluses require periodic professional care. However, in some instances, surgical or orthopaedic measures may be required to affect a cure. On no account should one engage in home treatments - foot infection is dangerous.
  • Excessive Perspiration can cause foot odour (bacterial). Daily bathing and regular application of a medicated foot powder or spray can help in many cases. When these fail, you should visit a Chiropodist for professional advice.
  • Bunions are caused by a weakness of the ligamentous and muscular structures of the foot and leg. The tendency for them to form may be hereditary, but factors such as stress and strain and interference from shoes can also cause this deformity. When these joints are red, swollen or tender, see a Chiropodist, as these signs may indicate the formation of a bunion, arthritis, gout or infection. A bunion on the joint of the little toe is known as a ‘Tailor’s’ bunion.
  • Warts (or Verrucae) are often mistaken for corns or calluses. A wart has a blood and nerve supply of its own and they can be extremely painful and may spread if left untreated.
  • Athlete’s Footis is a skin disease caused by a fungus. This fungus most commonly attacks the feet where it thrives best because of the warm, dark and sometimes moist environment it finds inside the shoe. The main cause of athlete’s foot is the lowering of the skin’s resistance. Practice good foot hygiene as previously mentioned. Always wear natural fabrics such as cotton or wool, never manmade fibres; changing socks or tights frequently; and use a mild fungicidal drying powder on the feet and in the shoes.

Practice good foot health - consult your Chiropodist & Podiatrist regularly.