General foot care is essential to help keep feet healthy and pain free. To help keep your feet in good condition, follow this basic guide:
- Keep your feet clean – wash daily in warm water with non-irritating soap for just a few minutes. Dry your feet properly with a soft towel. Change footwear regularly and hosiery daily.
- Never use sharp objects to remove hard skin or corns. File hard skin away gently with a foot file or a pumice stone. If the hard skin or corns are painful, seek professional advice from a HCPC registered podiatrist.
- Apply moisturising cream to your feet daily (not aqueous cream as this has been shown to dry the skin), avoiding the toenails and spaces between the toes
- Trim nails using proper nail clippers and follow the natural curve of the end of the toe. Do not cut or dig into the sides of the nail as this can create an ingrown toenail.
- Don’t use talcum powder on your feet, it can clog the pores and increase the likelihood of developing fungal infections.
- Make sure you are wearing the correct shoe size. Studies suggest that up to 80% of people are wearing the wrong shoe size. Poorly fitting footwear can be the cause of many foot problems so make sure you get your feet measured properly and if you need advice, ask a HCPC registered podiatrist.
If you have any concerns about your feet, contact us for a consultation.