Dec 15, 2020

HOME FOOT HEALTHCARE TIPS by Steve Richards, St Judes Clinic Podiatrist

winter feet tips

Winter is on the way and with the cold weather it is important to ensure that your feet stay warm and dry. This is particularly important to those people in higher risk groups, such as diabetics, those with poor circulation, have medical conditions such as Raynaud’s disease, or whom may be more susceptible to damage from falls.  Here are some tips that will keep your feet looking and feeling healthy this winter.  Read more below:

Hard skin can build up at any time of the year on your feet mainly due to:

·         Excessive loading on certain parts of the sole of the feet.

·         Prominent bones.

·         Rubbing from footwear.

There are many gadgets on the market for this task but I would give a word of caution with the big cheese grater types of hard skin removers. If you have one please use it carefully as it is very easy to get carried away and end up with sore tender feet as a result, and leaving an uneven finish affecting new skin.  A better approach I would recommend is regularly filing with a foot file.  Frequency is key, file first then use a foot cream developed especially for the feet rather than a cream moisturiser. Apply socks afterwards to increase the creams’ effectiveness.

·         Do not use talcum powder or moisturiser between your toes.

·         If your toes are tight together you may get an increase in moisture and debris.

·         For best results only use surgical spirit to clean between your toes.

Toenail tips: always cut straight but you can follow the shape of the nail to prevent sharp edges.

I would recommend that you also see a Podiatrist for maintenance of your feet.  When they maybe treating corns and callouses, they can also check your feet for verrucae and fungal infections and advise you on appropriate action.  Did you know that repetitive hard skin build-up can also indicate that you could be overloading one part of your foot? This can help provoke malalignments and injuries above your feet i.e., hips, knees and backs.

So, if you think this might be you and your feet aren’t providing that stable platform that we need to walk efficiently, then gait analysis is recommended and advice on whether you need simple insoles, orthotics/exercises can be given to address this.  At St Judes we have a team of four HCPC registered Podiatrists who can offer friendly expert treatment and advice – we’re open Monday to Saturdays.  So why not give us a call?

Item by Steve Richards BSc (Hons) Podiatry MChS , HCPC Registered Podiatrist at St Judes Clinic, 26 Lake Street, Leighton Buzzard LU7 1RX.  Tel: 01525 377751.