This is a question that the podiatrists at Southern Cross Podiatry often get asked. Your feet are incredibly complex structures, with many possible injuries, illnesses and complications that can arise. Luckily, there are some simple actions you can do at home to look after your feet. Here are a few of the most important self-care activities:
· Look at your feet every day, including the bottom, top, sides, and in between each toe. This daily check can detect things like calluses, corns, cuts and ulcerations, along with new skin spots. Early detection is key when treating medical conditions.
· Apply moisturiser every day to your feet. Southern Cross Podiatry recommends avoiding in between your toes, though. Our skin is made of an elastic material and keeping the skin hydrated allows it to stretch rather than crack and spilt. Daily moisturiser is especially key coming up to the summer months.
· Wear shoes appropriate to the activity you are doing. For example, avoid wearing high-heel shoes if going on a shopping spree. A walking shoe or runner is more appropriate for this activity.
If you have concerns about your feet, speak to your podiatrist. All the podiatrists at Southern Cross Podiatry have a wealth of knowledge regarding foot care, so they welcome all questions, no matter how simple they may seem. Sometimes that little bit of extra knowledge can make all the difference to your foot health.
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