Everybody has used the phrase "my feet are killing me". Every time a podiatrist hears this complaint, they want to reply "no, you're killing your feet!" Research carried out by the College of Podiatry reveals the shocking statistic that nine out of ten people experience some type of problem with their feet, with one in five of those people suffering with foot pain often or even constantly.
Remarking on the results, Podiatrist Lorraine Jones said: "What this research shows is that a huge amount of people are willing to put up with sore, aching and painful feet. Your feet shouldn't hurt on a daily basis. If you are experiencing discomfort it is usually because you aren't wearing the right footwear." Here we offer some tips on looking after your feet.
- Pain of any kind is a signal that something is wrong with the body and so it should never be ignored. People who experience persistent foot pain should seek the advice of a doctor or podiatrist
- Wash your feet regularly, paying particular attention to the areas between your toes (this is where fungal infections are most likely to start developing). When you've finished, take equal care to dry the entire foot thoroughly
- Regularly and thoroughly examine the condition of your feet. Check for any cracks or cuts and be on the alert for thickened, discoloured nails. You should also pay close attention to any changes in colour or temperature
- Keep your toenails in good condition, trimming and/or filing regularly. Cut straight across the nail, avoiding corners and sides: cutting in these areas can lead to ingrown toenails
- Where possible, avoid walking barefooted as this makes the feet more vulnerable to injury and infection
- There is a vast array of over-the-counter remedies available to treat various foot ailments. You should take care when using such remedies as incorrect self-diagnosis and -treatment can often make matters worse. If in any doubt, consult your doctor or podiatrist
- People with diabetes, heart problems or poor circulation must visit a podiatrist or orthotist at least once a year for a thorough checkup. It is not recommended that people with such conditions treat their own feet due to their increased vulnerability to infection and other complications
- As mentioned by top podiatrist Lorraine Jones, discomfort and pain in the feet can often be caused or exacerbated by the wearing of incorrectly-fitting footwear. Reed Medical in an NHS-approved supplier of a wide range of made-to-measure footwear that can make a real difference to the health of the wearer's feet