Monday, January 26, 2009

Top Tips For Healthy Feet

1 - Wash your feet every day in warm soapy water (don't soak them, as this might destroy the natural oils) and dry thoroughly, especially between the toes.

2 - If your skin is dry, apply moisturising cream all over the foot, except for between the toes.

3 - Remove hard skin gently with a pumice stone, but not if it is over a boney area or joint. If this is the case, or if the hard skin is painful, consult a registered chiropodist/podiatrist.

4 - Trim your toe nails regularly, using proper nail clippers. Cut straight across, not too short, and not down at the corners as this can lead to in-growing nails.

5 - Keep feet warm, and exercise to improve circulation.

6 - Always wear the right shoe for the job..

7 - Seek prompt treatment for burns, cuts and breaks in the skin, and for any usual changes in colour or temperature. This is particularly important if you have diabetes.

8 - If your feet hurt, something is wrong! You can also prevent foot problems before they occur by visiting a registered chiropodist/podiatrist for advice on how to keep your feet healthy.
9 - Shoes should be properly measured, comfortable, and easy to put on at the time of purchase. Don't expect them to 'break in'.

10 - Feet have up to 250,000 sweat glands. Your shoes can absorb up to 60% for the moisture released each day. Wear alternate shoes each day to allow them to dry out properly.

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