How to successfully get your feet in tip top condition
Spring has brought some beautiful weather our way, and as people start to dust off their sandals I’ve started to see some feet in need of some real TLC in my clinic. In the depths of winter your feet aren’t on show, right? So most of us put away the foot files, creams, heel balms and so on, and for months on end our feet get no attention at all. I’m seeing a lot of people with hard skin, some of which is starting to crack. When the skin splits like that it can be painful, as well as being a potential source of infection. You need to get some moisture back in there, fast! A regime of gentle foot filing and creaming can restore the status quo relatively quickly, as can a visit or two to your Foot Health Professional or Podiatrist. This is especially important if your feet are cracking.
A foot file is a very important tool, and it needn’t be fancy or overly expensive. You should be able to pick one up for a couple of pounds. Starting with the coarser side, gentle file any areas of dry or hard skin. Use the less coarse side to smoothe over the areas you’ve filed. Finish with a good nourishing foot cream such as one from the CCS range, and slip on a pair of socks over the top. A good time to do your foot care routine is just before bed. If your feet are extremely dry you’ll want to start off creaming them twice a day, but remember not to cream your feet and then walk barefoot on a slippery bathroom floor! No need to file your feet daily – a couple of times a week should be fine. Don’t be tempted to use blades or other sharp instruments to cut away hard skin, but leave this to a trained professional. You can do a lot of damage if you’re not careful. If you’re diabetic you need to take extra care with your feet, and a Foot Health Professional or Podiatrist will be able to help you do this.
If you get a lot of hard skin (callus) or suspect you have corns, your Foot Health Professional or Podiatrist will help you to keep on top of this. They may well advise you to use a heel balm or callus cream such as Flexitol or CCS to soften hard skin and prevent splits from occurring. It’s worth getting into a regular self treatment routine to keep things manageable, and to prevent a significant build up of hard skin.
Here’s to gorgeous feet this Spring and Summer!
Siobhan Elliot MAFHP MCFHP is a Registered Foot Health Professional and Reflexologist based in Egham. She enjoys working with patients of all ages, helping them to maintain their feet in good working order. Call 01784 431768 or visit www.eghamreflexology.co.uk to find out more