Fix your feet

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Fix those feetBy the time you’re 70, you’ll have walked the equivalent of three times around the world – probably without appreciating that each of your feet is an engineering masterpiece made up of 26 bones, 33 joints and more than a hundred muscles, tendons and ligaments. Most of us take our feet for granted, until there’s a problem.

The problem: Calluses – thickened hardened skin – are caused by persistent rubbing or uneven pressure, usually from wearing badly fitting shoes. Calluses can be painful, and they can develop into corns.
The fix: Tempting though it might be to use a pumice stone or emery board, this isn’t advisable as it removes only the protective outer layer leaving the more painful ‘root’. Your pharmacist can supply non-medicated corn plasters to relieve the pressure or medicated ones containing salicylic acid to soften and break down the hard skin – use these with care, especially if you’re diabetic. A podiatrist or chiropodist will advise on the best course of treatment.

The problem: Fungal conditions – including athlete’s foot – are frequently picked up at public swimming pools or in communal changing rooms. Fungus thrives in warm, dark, humid conditions (such as those inside shoes and socks), and causes red, itchy and sore feet. If not treated immediately, the skin becomes soggy, cracked and peeling, and the infection can spread to toenails.
The fix: Keep your feet clean and dry, especially between the toes, and change your shoes and socks or stockings often. Try to avoid wearing the same pair of shoes every day. Anti-fungal sprays and creams treat the condition, and regular use of powder can help prevent recurrence.

The problem: Verrucas – plantar warts – are skin growths caused by a virus also often contracted at swimming pools or gym showers. Painless at first, they appear as small areas of rough skin, sometimes with tiny black spots, which can spread on the feet or to other areas of the body.
The fix: If caught early they may respond to salicylic acid treatments from your pharmacy, otherwise it’s best to have your doctor remove them.

The problem: Ingrown toenails are usually the result of uneven cutting of the nails, most often on the big toe, when a piece of nail breaks the skin and starts growing inwards, causing redness, swelling and severe pain.
The fix: An ingrown toenail should be seen by a doctor or podiatrist who will remove the part of the nail embedded in the skin and treat the infection appropriately. To prevent ingrown toenails, always cut your toenails straight across.

The problem: Bunions, which tend to run in families and could also be linked to prolonged wearing of poorly fitting shoes, cause the joints at the base of the toe to shift position and become swollen and painful, making walking difficult.
The fix: Wearing shoes cut wide at the instep and toes can help, as can taping the foot or wearing pads to cushion the bunion. If necessary, your doctor will prescribe anti-inflammatory medication or cortisone injections.
In general, make sure your shoes fit properly and provide the support your feet deserve. Walk barefoot on sand or grass whenever possible to allow your skin to breathe and to keep your toes flexible. Be kind to your feet – remember, you need them to take you three times around the world!

Written by

Fiona Rom, freelance writer and editor, believes that beauty and wellness have much to do with your state of mind, and that a sense of humour is your best defence against almost any challenge the world throws at you. Fiona on Google

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  1. AndreaM

    Eish I need to learn to cut my nails straight across. I round my nails all the time.

    5 years ago •

  1. Khalisi

    good tips, people often forget how important one’s feet are and that we should take good care of them.

    5 years ago •

  1. ABeauty

    Great tips, feet is one of those areas I tend to neglect sometimes.

    5 years ago •

  1. Kris

    As a runner, my feet always a little neglected. I think its time for a pamper session!

    5 years ago •

  1. Carlene

    Very helpful article – I am guilty of not pampering my feet as I should.

    5 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    I find that using a pumice stone on my feet in the shower for a minute each day keeps my heels super soft. Cannot allow my feet to be neglected.

    5 years ago •

  1. SpiceY

    N my heels make the calluses worst. Good article thanks .

    6 years ago •

  1. Debbie

    I found this a very interesting article as I suffer from tired feet. I dont necessarily have bunions etc but I do wear the wrong shoes

    6 years ago •

  1. Lah

    Awesome, time to start looking after my feet!

    6 years ago •

  1. Glamorous Glitter

    Pedicure in from of the tv every sunday night! Helps keeping my feet looking young and soft and smooth!

    6 years ago •

  1. Henke

    I am in love with this site. I’m going to be in a wedding this year and all these beauty tips is making my life as the maid of honour so much easier. Keep the tips coming!

    6 years ago •

  1. Nuuh

    I have a problem with bunions, they sometimes hurt so much thank you very much for the advice on how to fix it will try it

    6 years ago •

  1. Nuuh

    I recently got a ingrown toe nail it was so painful I had to go the doctor to get it removed, thank you for the tips on how to avoid getting it again

    6 years ago •

  1. Livvy

    Great tips, i love my feet so much. Therefore i try to take good care of my feet. Another tip never wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row.

    6 years ago •

  1. ricebunny

    Glad I have none of these but will keep it in mind

    6 years ago •

  1. Cass1231

    great advise..need to pay more attention to my feet

    6 years ago •

  1. ricebunny

    great tips luckily i have never had any of these

    6 years ago •

  1. mika24

    Informative. A lady should always have well taken care off feet

    6 years ago •

  1. BeautyBloggess

    I’ve cut down on wearing heels when I don’t absolutely have to. “Desk days” do not require heels :)

    6 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    hectic! this is very interesting article. I am sure it will be very useful.

    6 years ago •

  1. Tanya

    Interesting article and great advice,thanks

    6 years ago •

  1. Tanya

    Great advice,,will definitely try this

    6 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    So true. Absolutely futile looking after every other part of your anatomy and neglecting your feet….

    6 years ago •

  1. ricebunny

    i think my feet suffer the most. great article

    6 years ago •

  1. Angelisha

    People generally neglect the broken, chapped elbows and knees. These parts are exposed and are seen to everybody. They require a natural way of cleaning to enhance the whole personality.
    Whenever you get time, rub lemon pieces on the elbows, knees and ankle. Regular use makes the skin smooth and soft.
    Add two teaspoons of lemon juice in three teaspoons of cream and apply this paste on the knees, elbows and ankles. This makes them soft and clean. Take four spoons of gram flour, one big spoon of water, one teaspoon lemon juice and make a thick paste. Apply this paste on the whole body and rub it after 10 minutes, wash the body with lukewarm water. This removes the dead skin, and darkishness from the body and makes it beautiful and smooth. This should be done at least once a week. Now that’s what I call HAPPY FEET :D

    6 years ago •

  1. Maddy

    i swear by epsom salts or even sea salt with bit of essential oils, great for tired feet

    6 years ago •

  1. Guccigirl

    Going to go home and try the epsom salts!

    6 years ago •

  1. Lady-T

    Thought will get some info on “ginger cakes” fixing, winter will be soon over and some heels need fixing

    6 years ago •

  1. Sam

    Great advice. I often neglect my feet in my beauty routine. Time to shape up!

    6 years ago •

  1. Le Noir Pearl

    Quite informative,I find Epsom salt in warm water soak very relaxing after a long day.keeps my feet beautiful and soft

    6 years ago •

  1. Maria Meyer

    That is why the correct shoes are so important!

    6 years ago •

  1. Botes

    Great advise, I try using my foot mask from Avon atleast once a week.

    6 years ago •

  1. Debsie

    oh I hate my Bunions. Will try your advise

    6 years ago •

  1. Michelle Powell-Marinus

    i find that after investing in crocs as i spend most of my time standing for prolonged periods of time and my job demands me to be on my feet ALLL the time so this has helped with tired feet and prevented the formation of callouses as well.This has also prevented the formation of bunions as well,as it does not compress my feet/toes into uncomfortable positions.

    6 years ago •

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