Feet are one of the most vulnerable parts of the body, yet most people tend to neglect them.
Get into the habit of examining your feet daily for any cuts, cracks, abrasions, corns or hard skin, any of which can lead to infection or a foot ulcer.
Toenails should be cut to the shape of the end of the toes and no shorter. Never cut down the sides. Afterwards, use a file on any sharp corners or rough edges. You may find that they are easier to cut after a bath. If you find them difficult, consult your Chiropodist/Podiatrist/Foot Care Professional.
Shoes that fit well can help prevent many foot problems. Ill- fitting shoes cause corns, callouses, ulcers and nail problems.
Basic hygiene and nail cutting may be all that is needed to keep your feet in good health. When normal feet turn into problem feet, it is best to seek professional help. Some problems are inherited and some develop from illnesses in middle age, or from the pressure of ill-fitting shoes.
Podiatry (also known as chiropody) is the diagnosis and treatment by podiatrists (chiropodists) of diseases and other disorders of the feet. Podiatrists are highly skilled health professionals who have been trained to prevent, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate abnormal conditions of the feet and lower limbs. They also prevent and correct deformity, keep people mobile and active, relieve pain and treat infections.