Advice and Tips for Good health

Many common foot disorders are caused by ill-fitting or inappropriate footwear. In some occupations, feet need strong protection to guard against accidents. Sports people need the right kind of shoe to prevent injury and improve performance by providing foot support and cushioning depending bodyweight and activity. Even if you wear the right shoe, feet can become tired, for example, when standing about in a museum or pottering around a supermarket.

It pays to get your feet checked as regularly as you get your car serviced. This is especially important for children. To a great extent, our bodies develop to accommodate the lives we lead. A tiny abnormality in your stride or an irritating pain in the sole of your foot can, if left untreated, can lead to postural problems later in life.

Your feet take a huge amount of punishment just carrying your bodyweight around. So here are some tips to keep your feet healthy:

Come and see us for a check up:

Especially your children whose bones are still soft and developing. After analysis, we will suggest any remedial action you should take to prevent long term problems.

Follow a daily foot care routine:

  • Keep your feet fit and flexible by doing the following:
  • Circle your feet 10 times in one direction then the other keeping your legs still
  • Keep your feet clean. Wash them frequently
  • Walk around at home barefoot or in socks
  • If standing or sitting for long periods, flex your feet from time to time
  • If you have an infection, don’t ignore it. Treat it or seek advice.

When you buy new shoes:

  • Make sure they do not constrict any part of your foot
  • Try on both shoes and walk about to make sure they are comfortable
  • No matter how much you like the shoe, do not buy it unless it fits properly
  • Make sure you can wiggle your toes in the new shoes. As a general rule, keep one finger’s width between your toes to the end of the shoe
  • Have you feet measured every few years. They get bigger with age!
  • For everyday use choose shoes with leather uppers
  • Buy shoes with man-made soles, they are safer on slippery surfaces and offer more cushioning
  • Heels should be about 1.5 cms (half an inch) high. Not flat
  • Lace-ups are the most supportive and comfortable kind of shoe
  • Avoid flimsy, unsupportive shoes.

Wear the right shoes for the conditions:

  • Steel toecaps on construction sites
  • Anti-slip soles if you work in a wet environment.
  • If you are an athlete make sure the shoes give support and cushioning in the right places and provide the grip for maximum mobility replacing them for every 500 miles run.
  • We can advise you if you are in any doubt.

Don’t ignore pain.

Whether it is a slight inconvenience or something more serious, come at once to Active Life Podiatry. We will examine the cause and suggest remedies. Caught early enough, the problem can usually be solved quickly and inexpensively.