Taking Care of your feet and footwear
10 tips on foot care
Read our top 10 tips on how to look after your feet, with special advice for the over-60s.
Your feet take the weight of your whole body, so foot problems can quickly lead to discomfort and affect the way you walk. This can in turn cause knee, hip and back pain.
Research from The College of Podiatry shows that nine in 10 of us experience some sort of foot problem, with one in five admitting to suffering with foot pain often or constantly.
Podiatrist Lorraine Jones says: "What this research shows is that a huge amount of people are willing to put up with sore, aching and painful feet.
She adds: "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 do seek professional advice."
Here are 10 tips from the College of Podiatry to keep your feet in good condition and prevent problems:
Wash your feet often
Keep your feet clean by washing them every day in warm soapy water, but don't soak them, as this might destroy your skin's natural oils.
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.
Moisturise and file
If your skin is dry, apply moisturising cream all over the foot, except for between the toes. Gently remove hard skin and calluses with a pumice stone or foot file – don't overdo it though or skin will grow back harder than ever.
I have been practicing chiropody since 1979 and take a great deal of pride in my clients foot health.
The fact that they bring their children ,family and friends to me is the greatest testimony I can offer.
I offer a free initial consultation and if you follow my advice your feet will improve.
Having developed systems that improve every facet of the control i say with certainty your symptoms will change for the better if you follow the care plan made for you !
P — protect
R — restrict activity
I — apply ice
C — apply compression
E — elevate the injured area
Over-the-counter pain relievers usually relieve the pain of common sports injuries to a tolerable level. If they don't, it's probably time to see a doctor.
Cut toenails carefully
Trim your toenails regularly using proper nail clippers. Cut straight across, never at an angle or down the edges. This can cause ingrown toenails.
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.
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. Read how to choose the right footwear for work.
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). Read this guide to choosing the correct shoes.
Change your socks often to avoid foot odour
Change your socks daily to keep your feet fresh. Read advice from the Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists on buying socks.
Read how dirty socks can cause smelly feet.
Watch out for foot bugs in communal changing areas
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.