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.
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.
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.
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!