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Spring Daffodils

Chiropody Training Tips!With the days finally getting longer and the Nation’s collective dream of better weather actually becoming a reality, people are finally leaving their hibernated state and taking a step out into the new seasonal era.

It is that time of year again when bike wheels are patched, old trainers are getting the dust blown off them and all eyes are looking towards the potential of holidays. In the midst of all this excitement, ask yourself this question- Are your feet ready for Spring?

Spring has sprung and with sandal season quickly approaching us, it’s time for your feet to experience their seasonal make over and on that note, here are some chiropody training tips worth discussing.

Checking your feet

I would advise people to check their feet every day for any signs of cracks, lesions or anything that may cause annoyance. This is especially important for people with diabetes as nerve damage can occur which can stop the person’s ability to feel pain, which can lead to infections and ulcers developing. If you are unable to check your feet, ask someone to help or use a mirror.

Corns and Callus

Hard skin (callus) and corns appear on feet due to extra pressure placed on that area. If you think of hardened skin on the palms of farmers or weight lifters’ hands- our bodies add the additional layer to protect that area. Over time however the layers can build up and cause annoyance to the owner. In this situation, a Podiatrist would remove the problem. Do not try to remove or burn the areas yourself as you could cause injury or infection. Corn plasters with salicylic acid are NOT recommended as they can burn the skin.

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Louise McConville is one of the Chiropodists working at PhysioworksNI.

Cutting your toenails

Long gone is the myth of cutting a “V” into the middle of your nail to prevent ingrown toe nails. The best way to cut your own nails is to trim them straight across and use a file to smooth edges.

This will prevent any sharp corners cutting into your skin. If you are experiencing pain or are having difficulty cutting your nails, don’t hesitate in booking an appointment with your Podiatrist. When a nail spike pierces the skin, the body treats it as a foreign object, e.g. a thorn, and prompts inflammation to occur at that area to remove the object.

This can cause infections to develop and the person may need antibiotics. The only way to experience relief is to remove the nail spike. This can be done professionally by a Podiatrist who may recommend nail surgery if this is a recurring problem.

Moisturising your feet

Applying a small amount of moisturiser to the soles and tops of your feet will help to keep your feet soft and prevent hacks/fissures from forming, particularly around the heels.

Little and often is the best advice regarding any moisturiser and it is not necessary to wear socks afterwards. People don’t feel the need to wear gloves after moisturise their hands.

It is also advised not to moisturise in between the toes as this additional moisture can encourage fungus to grow.

Here’s to happy healthy feet!

Louise McConville