As our feet grow older they naturally develop more problems, but painful and uncomfortable feet are not a natural part of growing old or something you have to put up with.
Looking After Your Feet
It’s never too late to start caring for your feet:
Do wash them every day in warm, soapy water but don’t soak them. Rinse well and dry thoroughly, especially between the toes.
Do rub in moisturiser if your skin is dry and if it’s moist, apply a little baby powder, but don’t forget to wipe off any excess with cotton wool.
Do inspect your feet every day. Look for signs of redness, swelling, and cracks in the skin or sores. This is most important if you have diabetes. If you find any, consult your Podiatrist without delay.
Don’t cut corns and hard skin yourself, and don’t use “over the counter” remedies. If you need your feet treating, make an appointment with your Podiatrist.
Don’t wear tight socks, hold-up stockings and pop socks as these can impair your circulation.
Do keep your nails under control. This will help you keep mobile. If you have difficulty reaching your feet, or you cannot see your nails properly, then visit your podiatrist on a regular basis.
Do keep your legs and feet warm, but don’t cook them in front of the fire.
Do wear fleecy lined boots in winter, or even an extra pair of socks, but do make sure your shoes aren’t made tight as a result.
Do buy shoes which you can get on and off easily. You might find those with Velcro straps the easiest to use.
Do remember that your Podiatrist can often help you with seemingly impossible foot problems to make your life far more comfortable.