Taking care of your feet is an important part of self-care. As our feet can tell us so much about our health, it’s paramount that we take notice. Not only this, but our feet are our way of moving around and when in discomfort, it can dramatically reduce your quality of life. To help prevent pain from arising, we have put together a guide on chiropody at home containing everything you need to know.
Everything You Need To Know About Chiropody At Home…
From daily checks to preventative measures, doing these simple things will help to maintain your feet health so that you can continue with your day to day life unaffected.
Check Your Feet Daily…
Each day, you should check your feet for any fresh open wounds or sores, blisters or newly developing corns. This is so you can quickly begin at home treatments by applying plasters and taking precautions where necessary to prevent rubbing and further foot damage.
When toenails are left to grow for too long, or trimmed too short, they can become ingrown and painful. Ensuring to keep them nice and trimmed by following and maintaining the natural shape will aid comfort and prevent nail growth issues from occurring. The best time to cut your toenails is after a bath or shower when the nail is softer than usual.
You should moisturise your feet every single day using a specialist foot cream to help prevent dryness and cracking and maintain skin health. It’s also important to ensure that you do not moisturise between your toes as this can cause fungal growth. Instead, keep the focus on the balls of your feet and your heels.
Consider Your Footwear…
The type of footwear which you wear can have a huge effect on your feet health. Ill-fitting shoes can cause a whole host of problems from pain to deformities. When choosing your footwear, put comfort at the forefront of your mind to alleviate ill-fitting footwear issues.
It’s also worth noting that your foot size can naturally change over time, even as an adult. So each time you purchase a new set of shoes, or a couple of times per year, you should get your shoe size checked in a shoe store.
Dry skin can quickly build up on your feet so you should keep on top of filing excess skin away. Avoid ‘cheese grater’ style feet files and instead, opt for a pumice stone. Soak your feet for a few minutes beforehand, then gently slough away any dry skin in small circular motions. Remember to fully dry your feet afterwards and moisturise, paying close attention to the areas which you have just filed.
If you’re needing a more in depth look into your feet health, here at Northwich Foot Clinic we provide chiropody sessions and podiatry sessions which you can book here.