1. Wash your feet every day, Use warm, soapy water and take care to dry them well, especially between your toes – this will help to prevent fungal infections, such as athlete’s foot.
2. Trim your toenails, Use proper nail clippers – and cut them straight across, not too short and not down at the corners, as this can lead to ingrowing toenails.
3. Keep feet moisturised, If the skin on your feet is dry, put moisturiser on your feet before you go to bed, avoiding between the toes (this can lead to fungal infections).
4. Wear the right footwear, It’s important to make sure your shoes are the right size for your feet. Buy footwear in the afternoon when your feet are at their largest. Get your feet measured if you are unsure of your size.
5. Pay Attention to your socks, Wear well-fitting socks and change them every day to avoid sweaty feet.
6. Check your feet regularly ,Giving your feet the once over every week will help you to spot any possible problems quickly.
What is podiatry? Podiatry is the field of medicine that specialises in all aspects of foot and lower-limb function and health. Podiatrists (also known as chiropodists) are regulated health care professionals trained to diagnose, treat, rehabilitate and prevent conditions and complications of the foot and lower limb. They also prevent, manage and correct foot irregularities, relieve pain, treat infection and keep people of all ages mobile and active.
When do I need to see a podiatrist? In many cases, following our self-care tips may help the problem improve. You should visit a podiatrist if: • Your feet or lower limbs hurt – your podiatrist will assess your condition and advise you on the most appropriate treatment. • If the problem does not improve – on its own or within three weeks of self-care. • For prevention – a regular foot check can help keep feet healthy.
Finding a podiatrist – put your feet in safe hands If you have foot pain or foot problems, put your feet in safe hands and see an HCPC registered podiatrist. Find a registered podiatrist near you in your local high street or visit www.cop.org.uk/find-a-podiatrist/. You can also search at NHS Choices for podiatrist/chiropodist in England, nidirect.gov.uk in Northern Ireland or via your local NHS trust/board website in Scotland or Wales.