Foot care

Foot care

It’s not until we have a problem with our feet that we really appreciate how important they are to our well-being and our ability to get out and about. It’s vital to look after your feet and basic daily foot care should include:
• washing in warm soapy water (but don’t soak your feet too long – it destroys their natural oils, causing dry skin)
• drying carefully, particularly between the toes
• applying moisturizer, but not between the toes
• lightly applying foot powder.

What you put on your feet is important too. Wear clean socks each day. Don’t wear the same shoes every day, and always choose ones that support your feet but aren’t too tight. Wearing natural materials such as leather, wool and cotton will allow your feet to breathe.

It’s important to get to know your feet. Contact your GP if they become painful, feel noticeably hot or cold or if there is a change in their color. If you have corns, bunions, an ingrown toenail, or other common foot problems, report these to your practice nurse too.
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