Caring for your feet
It’s never too early or too late in life to start caring for your feet. Get into the habit and they’ll start caring for you – helping you avoid some of the troublesome ailments badly treated feet can bring – from lower back pain to headaches, and even indigestion!
To give your feet a daily dose of TLC, try these simple steps:
- Wash your feet every day in warm soapy water. Don't soak them, as this might destroy the natural oils. And dry them thoroughly, especially between the toes
- If your skin is dry, apply moisturising cream all over the foot, except between the toes
- Lightly apply a foot powder
- Change socks, tights and stockings daily
- Gently remove hard skin with a pumice stone. Remember to take care over bony areas and joints
- Trim toe nails regularly, using proper nail clippers. Cut straight across, not too short, and not down at the corners as this can lead to ingrowing nails
- Keep your feet warm, and improve circulation with regular exercise
- Seek prompt treatment for burns, cuts and breaks in the skin, or any unusual changes in colour or temperature. This is particularly important if you have diabetes
- Work, rest or play, always wear the right shoes for the occasion. For more information, take a look at our guide to buying shoes
Remember: if your feet hurt something is wrong. If you’re at all worried consult your GP, or a registered chiropodist or podiatrist.
A search facility on www.feetforlife.org, the website of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, will help you to find a registered practitioner in your area.