At a time when we are all obsessing about mindfulness and quietening our minds, we are in danger of neglecting the very area that supports us physically and roots us to the ground. Our feet.
Toe the line
We rely on them for all our activities whether we are an athlete or just popping to the shops. We need to take care of them before they start shouting at us.
To avoid future foot problems here are some helpful tips for good foot health
1. Keep moving with regular strengthening and stretching exercises for the feet and ankles.
2. Keep aerobic or weight bearing activity to alternate days.
Be Shoe Aware
- Try not to wear the same pair every day.
- Make sure you wear the right shoe for the activity being performed.
- Try to wear well-cushioned shoes if standing for long periods.
- Heels can contribute to back and knee problems and cause falls.
Stock up on Socks
- Never wear the same socks two days in a row.
- Avoid nylon socks and try to choose a breathable fabric that removes sweat away from your feet.
- Avoid tight-fitting socks they can bunch under your feet.
Keep it Clean
- Know your toenail etiquette and cut them straight across.
- Always wash and dry your feet carefully before putting on socks and footwear.
- Check feet for blisters and cuts.
At The Estuary Clinic we are able to treat a wide range of foot and leg conditions and these generally fall into two types of treatment: musculoskeletal and the skin and nails of the foot, using a combination of podiatry and biochemical analysis, working in conjunction with our osteopaths and physiotherapists.
If you would like to talk to one of our practitioners or make an appointment we can advise and monitor any risk to your feet and give you exercises to keep your feet and ankles healthy.