Foot Health Month 2018

Surprising facts about feet
• Each foot is made up of 100 moveable parts, including 26 bones and 20 muscles.
• The bones in both feet make up around a quarter of all the bones in your body.
• With every mile you walk, you shift approximately one hundred tonnes (the weight of a blue whale) just by moving your own body weight forward.
• The average person will walk around 150,000 miles in their lifetime – that’s more than four times around the Earth.

Look after your feet!
Our feet are incredible. And it’s easy to take them for granted.
We only have one pair of feet, so we owe them more of our attention!
Here we share some very simple steps for keeping our feet healthy and
in peak condition. And we highlight five common foot problems that you
can manage yourself at home – and advise when it’s best to seek help
from a podiatrist.

Top tips to help prevent foot problems
Follow our simple steps to help to keep your feet in tip top shape and reduce your
risk of developing any problems.

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. Do regular calf stretches
Get into a routine of doing these every day to keep your feet supple.
3. Pay attention to your socks
Wear well-fitting socks and change them every day to avoid sweaty feet.
4. 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.
5. Keep them 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).
6. 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.
7. Rotate your shoes
Try not to wear the same shoes two days in a row, to reduce your chances of
developing a fungal infection.
8. Vary your heel height
Keep high heels for special occasions, as regular use can damage your feet.
9. Check your feet regularly
Giving your feet the once over every week will help you to spot any possible
problems quickly.

Book now and start taking care of your feet!!