Our tips for looking after your feet
We only get one pair of feet so it’s important to take care of them. Here are some tips for keeping them in good condition.
- 1. Get them checked
If you’re suffering from foot pain it’s important to get your feet checked. Fortunately, most common problems can be treated successfully by a podiatrist. 'As we get older, an annual foot health check is as important as a sight or hearing test,' says Mike O'Neill, Consultant Podiatrist and spokesperson for the College of Podiatry. 'Conditions like diabetes or circulatory problems can all be picked up by looking at the feet and common problems like corns, cracked skin and ingrown toenails can be successfully treated.'
- 2. Look after your nails
Toenails that become too long can press against the end of your shoes and the constant pressure can cause soreness, infection or ulceration. Toenails that have been poorly cut can also become ingrown. If you’re struggling to cut your own nails, perhaps you could ask a family member for help. If that isn’t an option, many local Age UKs offer toenail cutting services for people over the age of 50. This service operates from a number of clinics around the UK and costs about £10 per visit. For more information, contact Age UK Advice on 0800 169 65 65.
- 3. Keep them moisturised
As we get older, blood circulation to our feet starts to decrease. This leads to the loss of fat padding and causes your skin to become thinner and drier so your feet are more likely to develop cracks. A daily application of moisturising lotion will help to keep feet feeling soft and supple.
- 4. Exercise your feet
Various exercises for feet and toes will help stretch, strengthen and relax them. Try toe curls by picking up objects with your toes and moving them from one pile to another. To stretch your foot, roll the bottom of it on a frozen water bottle, tennis ball or golf ball whilst seated.