We all know that staying active is important as we get older. It can keep us live longer and help us stay happy and independent. It’s also vital for our health. But there’s a part of our body that’s often neglected and yet without it, keeping active would be impossible - our feet.

Following a good foot care routine will help keep you on the move and should be as much a part of your daily routine as brushing your teeth. The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists recommends this simple daily routine:

  • Wash your feet every day in warm soapy water (don’t soak them as this might destroy the natural oils) and dry thoroughly, especially between the toes.
  • If you can see and reach your toe nails, cut them after a bath when they’re softer. Cut across, not too short, and not down at the corners as this can lead to in-growing toe nails.
  • Any minor cuts or abrasions should be covered with a clean, dry dressing and blisters should be left to dry on their own. Do not burst them yourself.
  • It’s important that you seek professional help if wounds don't heal quickly. Wounds (sometimes called ulcers) should be assessed and treated as a matter of urgency especially if there is redness or swelling around the area.
  • Never ignore minor foot troubles. If your feet hurt, something is wrong! Symptoms such as persistent pain, soreness or redness are warning signs. You can prevent foot problems before they occur by visiting a podiatrist for advice on how to keep your feet healthy.