Most people would be unaware of this month’s “International World Foot Health Awareness” month.
Fewer people still would be aware of the importance of healthy feet and the affect feet have on the rest of your body.
It is thought the average person takes 10,000 steps each day, there are 52 bones, 66 joints, 114 ligaments and 38 muscles in our feet and yet over 50% of us wear shoes that are damaging and unsuitable.
The College of podiatry recently ran a survey asking 1,500 people about their foot health. 60% of people who took part in the research said that they were currently experiencing foot pain of some kind. Fewer than half of them had sought help from a podiatrist or doctor.
With this year’s International World Foot Health Awareness month, podiatrist’s and doctors around the UK are raising the importance of healthy feet. Offering advice on foot care and signs and symptoms of health issues.
What can my feet tell me?
Large areas of dry and hard skin and change the way you carry your weight. This in turn affects your posture and can lead to bad joints.
Heel pain can be a sign of many things :-
- Plantar fasciitis
- Nerve entrapment
- Disc disease
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Sickle cell disease
- Ankylosing spondylitis
Your feet can also tell you a lot about your general health.
Other warning signs of ill health that are normally unrecognized are:-
- Dry flaking skin – a sign of thyroid condition
- Balding toes – a sign of peripheral arterial disease
- Black spots under the toenail – Hidden melanoma
- Foot numbness – a sign of type 2 diabetes
How can I care for my feet?
The main lesson to learn here is good shoes. It’s been said enough times that high heels and tightly worn pumps do nothing for your foot health. However, we understand that everyone likes to look good. So firstly, buy shoes that fit correctly and if you must wear heels, take some trainers with you so you can slip into them at convenient moments.
Also, remember flimsy footwear like sandals or flip-flops offer no support, so try not to wear these for long periods of time or even worse, long walks!
Good foot hygiene can save you the embarrassment of foot odour. It can also save you from dry skin and thick skin.
Get into a habit of washing your feet, drying them thoroughly, and moisturising after every shower or bath.
Once a week file the dead skin and also trim your nails to prevent ingrown nails.
Change your socks often and avoid shoes that make your feet sweat.
Most importantly – visit your local podiatrist when you have a build up of dry skin or any foot pain.
It’s always best to address any issues you experience with your feet straight away, remember your feet work hard to get you about, it’s time you looked after them.
For more advice on foot care or to book in to see one of our specialist podiatrists contact us now.