Diseases,disorders and disabilities of the foot and ankle affect the quality of life and mobility of millions of people. Here a a few tips to keep your feet healthy for the Christmas and New Year.
1.Wash your feet regularly, especially between the toes and make sure you dry them thoroughly.
2.Inspect your feet regularly. Pay special attention to changes in colour and temperature of your feet. Look for thick or discoloured nails (a sign of developing fungus) and check for cracks or cuts in the skin. Peeling or scaling on the foot is not considered normal.
3.Make sure that your shoes fit properly. Purchase new shoes later in the day when feet tend to be at their largest and replace worn out shoes as soon as possible.
4.Alternate your shoes – don’t wear the same pair of shoes every day.
5.When temperatures hit sub zero outside, it is important to keep feet warm by wearing warm socks and warm shoes or boots which have a good sole for protection.
6.Select and wear the right shoes for the activity you are engaged in (i.e. running shoes for running etc.).
7.Trim toenails straight accross or follow the natural curve of the toe, but not too short. Be careful not to cut nails in the corners or down the sides as this can lead to ingrown toenails. People with diabetes, poor circulation or heart problems should not treat their own feet as they are more prone to infection.
8.Do not ignore foot pain – it is not normal. If pain persists see a State Registered Chiropodist.
9.Be cautious when using home remedies.
10.People with diabetes, poor circulation or damaged nerve supply are more likley to experience problems with their feet during the winter months. If you are a diabetic it is vital you have your feet checked at least once a year by a state registered chiropodist.