Five Steps to Healthy Feet
Step 1: Follow a good foot hygiene routine
washing your feet every day especially between the toes.
drying your feet thorough especially between the toes.
rubbing a good moisturising cream into your feet especially around the heels but not between the toes. It is best to use a non perfumed cream to keep the skin supple and soft
rubbing surgical spirit between the toes can help prevent athlete's foot if you have sweaty feet or are prone to fungal skin infections
Reid Podiatry recommends, uses and stocks the Flexitol range of foot creams and heel balms "Professional Footcare every step of the way"
Reid Podiatry also recommends immediate treatment for fungal skin and fungal nail infections and stocks a variety of preparations to help with timely treatment
Step 2: Rub any hard skin with a foot file at least once a week
Careful you don't rub too much and make your feet sore especially if you have diabetes or have reduced feeling in your feet. If the hard skin or callus becomes painful or shows signs of bruising within the skin get it checked out by a podiatrist.
Step 3: Cut your nails across following the line of the toe being careful not to cut down the sides
Cutting down the sides may cause ingrowing toenails. If your nails are painful, uncomfortable or you have difficulty cutting them see a podiatrist.
Step 4: Avoid problems, ensure you wear shoes that do not squash your toes as this may cause corns or blisters.
If you have a blister, try not to pop it and cover it over with a specially formulated gel pad (can be bought from a good chemists) or sterile dressing to prevent infection and help with healing. Corns, calluses or other bumps and lumps on your feet should be treated by a podiatrist. Care should be taken using over the counter remedies as more harm may be done and lead to worse problems.
Step 5: Wear well fitting supportive leather shoes with a good shock absorbing sole and a fastening such as a lace or strap to minimise the risk of developing corns, callus or foot pain.
Avoid wearing the same pair of shoes every day so that they have time to dry out if you have sweaty feet and this minimises the risk of fungal infections. Always wear something on your feet when you walk outside in the garden or on the beach to avoid cuts or abrasions. If you do cut your feet, wash the area thoroughly, dry with a piece of kitchen towel and cover with a sterile dressing. You may wish to apply a small amount of antiseptic cream. If you have any concerns that the area is not healing or is infected see a podiatrist.