Looking after our health is important, from taking care of your skin, eating well and exercising. But, do you know how to look after your feet?
Whether you’re a runner, you’re on your feet all day or you just want to give your feet some extra TLC before the summer here’s all you need to know about foot care.
Plus, why foot care is important for those living with diabetes.
Why foot care is important:
Your feet take the weight of your whole body, so it’s important to take care of them. Here’s our top tips on how to look after them, and how to treat common foot issues:
Corns and callouses – these are areas of thickened skin that can be painful, and are caused by rubbing and pressures on your feet. You can treat them with over-the-counter products, as well as heel pads and insoles.
Verrucas – also called plantar warts, verrucas are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). They are contagious and can be painful if they’re on parts of your foot you put pressure on. You can buy products to help treat them.
Athlete’s foot – this is a fungus caught through direct contact with another person who has it, or by touching a surface that has been contaminated. It can cause your skin to crack and bleed, itchy white patches to develop between your toes, as well as red, sore and flaky patches. You can buy treatments such as creams, sprays and powders.
Foot care routine at home:
Looking after your feet doesn’t have to be tricky. Here’s some top tips:
- Wash your feet every day. If foot odour is a problem, use an antibacterial soap.
- After you’ve washed your feet, use a pumice stone or foot file to gently remove the hard skin.
- Keep your feet soft by applying moisturiser daily, except between your toes.
- Try to alternate your shoes so you’re not wearing the same pair every day, and try switching to cotton, wool or bamboo socks.
Why foot care is important if you have diabetes:
Although we all need to look after our feet, it’s particularly important if you’re living with diabetes. This is because diabetes can reduce the blood supply to your feet and cause a loss of sensation known as peripheral neuropathy.
This can mean that you may not notice an injury or sore on your foot or a foot complaint may not heal as quickly.
If you’re living with diabetes make sure you see a podiatrist at least once a year. Find out more about looking after your feet with diabetes here.
Foot care essentials:
To help keep your feet feeling soft and smooth, try this rechargeable home pedicure device.
The gentle and effective abrasive wheel will remove rough, hard, calloused skin leaving your feet feeling fabulous.
Active repair K+ provides ‘active’ skin repair for rough, dry, cracked heels.
It’s clinically proven to aid the body’s natural recovery process by stimulating skin cell re-growth and building a natural scaffold to boost skin repair.