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.
Our feet are so often taken for granted but we rely on them to do so many things for us. Walking, running, jumping, and everyday life puts them through countless hours of work every single day. With every step we rake the feet are compressed, pressured and endure repeated rubbing movements from footwear.If your feet are not cared for properly then you will start to develop aches and pains that if ignored could develop into serious issues. With regular care and appropriate treatments, you can ensure that your feet stay healthy and able to carry you trhough life.
What shoes offer the most support?
Shoes that have a decent depth and cushioning and are secured to foot offer the most support. Very flat shoes like sandals and flip flops if worn over extended periods of time can cause pain and damage. If you like to wear heels then it is best to opt for a wedge which will have more cushioning for the sole.
Is it okay to wear worn out shoes?
We sometimes find it hard to give up our old worn out shoes, particularly if they are our favorite pair. But worn out shoes are a leading contributing factor of foot pain. When shoes become worn down the sole offers less cushioning and support to your feet. This can cause pain or discomfort in your metatarsals,as well as corns and callous.
How can I prevent cracked heels?
Using a moisturiser is the best way to prevent cracked heels. After washing and drying your feet thoroughly apply a moisturiser formulated for feet across your entire sole with particular focus on the heel. Moisturising maintains the elasticity, so that it doesn’t rip and tear. This will reduce portals of entry for infection, and painful fissures.
How often should I cut my toenails?
This will be different for every person as our toenails will grow at different rates. Keep an eye on your own growth patterns and cut at a frequency that works for you, without letting the nails grow too long. When cutting your nails follow the natural curve, where the white tip bends around. Always cut conservatively. Keep them neat but don’t cut too far back, or down the sides as this causes ingrown toenails.