Your feet can suffer from many different problems; dry skin, verrucas, corns and calluses, infections and lots more! Foot problems can be caused by disease, years of wear and tear, poorly fitting shoes, poor circulation or badly trimmed toenails.
As your feet take the weight of your whole body, foot problems can quickly lead to discomfort. Discomfort in the feet can affect the way you walk. This can impact on other areas of the body such as the knees, hips and back, causing pain and further discomfort.
‘I was asked by a mum to look at her little boy’s foot as he was complaining of if hurting. I had a look and found that he had a verruca. I gave her some treatment to remove it along with some advice on how best to use it to prevent damaging surrounding healthy tissue. She was really grateful as had not come across verrucas before and was worried that he was starting to limp a bit and had lost interest in playing football. She hadn’t realised how such a small ‘dot’ could affect her son so much!’
So it is important to look after your feet. Good foot hygiene can prevent most common problems. This includes:
- Washing feet regularly to remove any dirt and prevent infection
- Dry the feet well after washing, making sure to dry between the toes as well otherwise this can lead to athletes foot (a fungal infection)
- Remove hard skin regularly using a foot scrub, pumice stone or foot file. This is best done after the skin has softened a little either in the bath or at the end of showering
- Apply A moisturising foot cream to keep the skin form becoming dry
- Cut toenails correctly – this should be straight across, level with the top of the toe
- Change socks daily
- Wear flip-flops if in a communal changing area such as the gym or swimming pool changing rooms to avoid picking up verrucas
Your local Alphega pharmacist can provide you with lots of useful advice on preventing and treating foot problems. They will also recommend when it’s best to consult your GP or a chiropodist.
To prevent foot problems, check your feet regularly. Your local Alphega Pharmacy offers many products to help combat foot conditions and alleviate discomfort.
| Foot Health Advice: Looking AfterYour Feet |