Handy footcare tips to use at home
We are rarely stuck at home as much as we are during the Coronavirus lock-down, and it means we are having to become far more self-sufficient, including caring for your feet at home for yourself when you’re used to a professional helping out!
I can’t wait till I’m able to get my hair done again, and that regular dentist visit will have to wait too. And right now, as a self-employed Chiropodist and Podiatrist, I am unable to see patients who come for regular ‘maintenance’ visits for their feet.
So, with that in mind, I’ve put together a few tips on how to care for your feet at home…
Corns & calluses
If you have corns or callus, you can treat them occasionally by gently rubbing with a pumice stone or a foot file when you are in the bath or shower. Always dry well in-between your toes.
Immediately after, apply some moisturising cream to help soften the thickened skin, a little at a time. Using emollients every day will prevent callus build up and helps to improve the skins natural elasticity.
Relieve pressure between toes with a foam wedge. Using soft foams or plasters to areas between the toes helps stop them rubbing together.
Do NOT use corn plasters on your feet skin, or in between your toes, as they have acids which burn the feet skin.
Please be careful if you have diabetes, poor circulation or a reduced immune system. Get in touch with me and I can provide advice until you can come in to see me.
Cutting your toenails
- Cut your toe nails straight across, and not too short.
- Try and Let them grow past the flesh of your toes.
- Don’t cut them into the curve to avoid them growing into the skin
Don’t wear tight fitting shoes as this can cause your toenails to become in-grown. Tight shoes also prevent your feet from ‘breathing’ properly.
If you’d prefer not to cut your own toenails then try using a metal nail file or emery-board to file them down for comfort. You can then schedule an appointment for me to cut them once we’re back up and running.
- Keep your feet dry.
- Always wear socks as a cushion between your feet and shoes.
- Wear properly fitting shoes.
- Look at specialist sports and walking socks which have either padding or double layers that can help reduce the chance of getting blisters.
- Soft insoles relieve pressure on the soles of your feet.
It is important to act immediately if you feel any friction or discomfort as blisters can form very quickly.
If a blister does occur, do not pop it. Cut a hole in a piece foam or felt to form a doughnut over the blister. Tape the foam or felt in place or cover with a soft gel-type dressing. Treat an open blister with mild soap and water, cover it with an antiseptic ointment and a protective soft gel dressing to prevent infection and speed up the healing process.
Most foot blisters last between three and seven days and will normally clear up if further excessive friction is avoided.
I’m still here for advice and support
If you experience any issues while caring for your feet at home, and they do not resolve themselves naturally or through routine foot care within three weeks, just give us a call on 0191 398 0000 to leave a message or send us an email and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.
Alternatively, you can find more tips and advice online from my professional body, the College of Podiatry.
I’m looking forward to seeing you all again… and here’s hoping it will be soon 🙂
Take care and stay safe.