From work shoes and trainers to high-heels and bare feet, our feet take us almost 115,000 miles, or five times around the earth in a lifetime, with little or no attention. Take a look at our top tips to help keep your feet in tip-top condition.
Keep Your Feet Clean and Dry
Dirt left on the skin can cause irritation and infections. Remember to wash your feet before going to bed and dry them thoroughly – especially between the toes where moisture can breed germs.
Use a Urea-based Moisturiser
The single best thing you can do for your feet is to moisturise them daily with a urea-based cream. As the skin on your feet is much thicker than other parts of your body a standard moisturiser just won’t cut it. A urea-based foot cream is perfect for replacing lost moisture.
Sand Your Feet
Gently sand your feet using a foot file in slow circular motions. Your feet should always be sanded when dry, as sanding when wet is less effective and can cause jagged edges.
Cut Toenails Carefully
Trim your toenails straight across – trimming down the edges can cause in grown toenails.
Limit Wearing High heels
If you wear high heels for work, limit the time you spend in your heels. Try wearing comfortable shoes to and from the office, and slip into your heels when in the office.
Watch Out for Foot Bugs
Communal areas such as changing rooms for swimming pools and gyms can be breeding grounds for verrucas and Athlete’s Foot. Wear flip-flops to avoid catching these bugs.
Check Your Feet Regularly
Don’t ignore your feet. Check your skin and nails regularly for cracks, blisters, verrucas, nail infections and other signs that things may not all be right. If you notice any changes to your feet, or are suffering from foot pain, contact your Podiatrist.