1. Wash your feet often.
But do not soak your feet.
2. Dry your feet well.
Especially between the toes to reduce infections such as athletes foot.
3. Moisturise and File.
Gently file the skin before a shower / bath with a file or pumice stone.
4. Cut Toenails carefully.
Get your toenails cut professionally if you are struggling to cut them yourself.
5. Shoe Shop in the afternoon.
Feet swell as the day goes on, so purchasing shoes is best done in the afternoon.
6. Footwear Tips for work.
Wear comfortable shoes to and from work.
7. Limit time wearing high heels.
Vary the heel heights to reduce the pressure on your feet on a daily basis.
8. Change your socks often to avoid foot odour.
People get smelly feet when the perspiration has no where to evaporate.
9. Watch out for foot bugs in communal changing areas.
Wear flip flops around communal areas to avoid catching athletes foot and verruca’s.
10. Take care with flip flops.
Flip flops worn for long periods of time can lead to heel pain as they do not provide adequate support for your feet.
11. Foot pain advice for over 60’s
Joints stiffen and range of motion reduces over time so get your feet checked by a professional Podiatrist.
Ensuring the shoe is a good fit to accommodate your foot type.
This will include adequate length, depth and width and being a lace-up or Velcro shoe for mid foot support.
Heel height no more than 1- 1.5 inches to help sustain good posture.
Broad heel not a stiletto type shoe for every day wear.
Buy the right shoe for purpose – High Heels are not for walking distances.
Buying shoes in a ‘Sale’ may save money but could cost your feet dearly. Ensure they fit correctly.
Also shoe sizing can vary tremendously between brands so it is important to ensure shoes fit correctly, rather than relying on size.
Many people believe that their feet stay the same size throughout their lives. However, feet tend to increase in both length and width, so it’s important to check whether the fit is correct.
Work Shoes. In a normal working day, the working foot can travel several miles and just standing still can put a lot of strain on your feet. If you are on your feet a lot, you should wear well fitted, comfortable shoes with cushioning and flexible soles.
If you work in heavy industry, wear safety shoes that bear the British Standard ‘ Kite Mark’. If you work in wet conditions, you must wear waterproof footwear and socks which are thick enough to keep your feet warm, but not too tight that may affect your circulation.
Be mindful of where the stitching is on the shoes therefore; reducing friction.
Footwear should be:
As lightweight as possible
Permeable to moisture
Prevent excessive movement of the foot in the shoe
Ensure the liner is removable if you wear orthotics.
Slippers. When buying slippers look for ones that have a cushioned sole and ideally a fastening to hold them securely on the foot. Alternatively try wearing a comfortable, well fitted shoe reserved for indoor use instead.
Visit a member of Society of Shoe Fitters for a professional fitting service.
We have many different catalogues in the clinic :-
Padders – www.padders.co.uk
Pavers – www.pavers.co.uk
DB Shoes / Wider Fit Shoes – www.widerfitshoes.co.uk
Simply Feet – www.simplyfeet.co.uk
Hotter – www.hotter.com
Cosy Feet – www.cosyfeet.com
Wide Feet Shoes – www.widefitshoes.co.uk
If you are having an issue with finding the correct shoes you require pop in and pick up a catalogue.