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Put your best foot forward

Keeping active into older age is the key to staying fit, mobile and independent. Foot care is one of the most important aspects of personal healthcare whatever your age. However, painful and uncomfortable feet need not be something to 'put up with' as we grow older.

Foot care problems tend to happen if you are less mobile than you used to be. Poor eyesight and stiff hands, can also make it harder for you to look after your feet.

Keeping feet clean is an essential part of any good healthy feet regime. Wash feet daily in warm soapy water, rinse well and dry well. You may need to apply a foot cream, massage the cream from the toes upwards to the knees. Trim toenails regularly, cutting straight across and making sure you do not cut too short. Wear well fitting shoes that provide good support, are wide enough and allow feet to breathe. Exercise feet regularly to tone muscles, strengthen arches and improve blood circulation.

If you have Diabetes it is even more important to take care of your feet.

Questions

  1. My feet are painful.
  2. If you don't get help it may affect your mobility and stop you being able to do everyday things.
  3. Podiatry services can be accessed through your GP or contact PALS on 0800 389 6819 who will direct you to a local clinic.

Self-care leaflet

The CCG has developed a useful guide to looking after common foot problems such as athlete's foot and fungal nail infections. 

Self care leaflet - Athlete's Foot and fungal nail infections

Podiatrist says

Podiatrists (also know as Chiropodists) treat a wide variety of conditions of the foot and lower leg.

If you want NHS Podiatry treatment, the first step is to see your GP or Practice Nurse who can refer you to an NHS Podiatrist if you qualify for free treatment. You may want to see a Podiatrist for advice and treatment if you have painful feet, thickened or discoloured toenails, cracks or cuts in the skin, growths such as warts, scaling or peeling on the soles orany other foot-related problem.

Podiatrists can also supply orthotics (tailor-made insoles, padding and arch supports).

Source: NHS Choices

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