Looking after your Feet.
Looking after your feet (foot care) and treating common foot problems - such as corns, calluses, bunions, and ingrown toenails - can help to prevent problems that make you unsteady on your feet and at risk of a fall.
Wearing footwear that's safe, appropriate and in good repair can also help to prevent falls.
Good foot care doesn't need to be too laboured, and can include:
- Keeping them clean and dry - especially between your toes.
- Checking them regularly for cuts or sores, redness, swelling or bruising. Get to know your feet well and know what is normal.
- Applying moisturiser if your skin is dry to prevent it from cracking and improve its texture.
- Filing dry or hard skin using a foot file or pumice stone.
- You should check, and care for, your feet regularly - including cutting and filing your toenails if needed. Schedule a regular time, 10 minutes, once a week is sufficient.
As well as caring for your feet, you should pay attention to your footwear as this can also affect your walking and balance.
A good shoe should support and protect your foot and allow natural movement during walking. Poorly fitting shoes can cause foot problems - such as corns, calluses, bunions, and ingrown toenails.
When replacing your shoes, look for:
- An upper made of leather or breathable natural or synthetic materials with seam-free linings.
- A deep and roomy toe-box at the front of the shoe to prevent pressure on the toes and joints on the side of the foot.
- A cushioned and flexible light rubber sole with good grip.
- A heel no more than 3 centimetres (one and a half inches) high and broad enough to provide stability.
- Laces, buckles or Velcro strap fastenings that hold the shoe comfortably and securely on the foot. Avoid slip on shoes.
- Shoes that are too big or small, or with squashed backs.
- Smooth leather or plastic soles, and thick rubber soles that extend over the toe.
- Lace up shoes that become untied or without laces.
- High heeled or backless shoes.
Chiropodists & Podiatrists in Powys- Dewis Cymru