The average adult take around 18,000 steps each day. So it's fair to say that our feet are probably the hardest working parts of our body and are definitely one of the most important. They carry your weight around all day and get you where you need to be.
In fact, our feet do some remarkable things.
In a lifetime our feet cover about 70,000 miles, equivalent to walking 4 times around the world.
75 to 80 percent of adults will suffer from lower limb problems at some time in their life.
62% of all sports injuries affect the lower limb.
With every mile that you walk, you shift approximately one hundred tonnes – just by moving your own body weight forward.
Feet live in footwear for up to 16 hours a day.
But it is easy for us to neglect our feet and, often, we don’t notice any problems until it’s too late. It is important to make sure feet are healthy and in tip-top shape. There are a number of things you can do to help keep you on your feet.
Good daily hygiene is essential.
Avoid using very hot water and never soak them for more than 10 minutes.
Dry the skin with care – do not rub too hard.
Sprinkle foot powder between toes and across the foot.
Apply a little foot cream or moisturising cream to dry skin, preferably at night.
Never apply cream between the toes.
No D.I.Y- never cut corns, callous or ingrown toenails yourself.
Don’t cut toe nails too short.
Gently buff dry skin with a foot file or pumice stone once a week, (not recommended for diabetics).
Try to have a few nail varnish free days a month just to let nails breath.