Our feet take us everywhere we go. Unfortunately, we too often neglect them.
Dry skin, sweating, odours, swelling, calluses, fungus and fatigue are common foot problems, but these can be avoided with the right care.
• Good hygiene is the key to good foot care. Wash your feet every day and dry them carefully, especially between your toes.
• If you use a foot moisturizer or dry heel cream, don’t put the product between your toes, as this can promote athlete's foot (a fungus).
• Protect your feet when you go out in the sun by applying sunscreen on the tops and bottoms of your feet.
• Always wear comfortable shoes that fit well. Make sure you wear the right athletic footwear for your activity, even if you’re just going for a walk.
• Wear socks and slippers made from natural fibres like cotton to keep your feet from getting sweaty.
Your pharmacy has a wide range of foot care products, from pumice stones to deodorants. Whether you buy a cream, gel or therapeutic liquid, remember that products with salicylic acid or boric acid can cause irritation or other problems if used incorrectly. If you’re not sure about which product to choose or how to use it, ask your pharmacist for advice.
If you have diabetes, it’s very important that you pay particular attention to your feet, as diabetes decreases foot sensitivity. Poor foot care or even a small cut can lead to a much more serious problem and even gangrene.
• Get into the habit of checking your feet every day to detect even the slightest sign of injury.
• Before buying a foot care product, see your pharmacist, who can tell you which products are safe and which ones can pose a risk for people with diabetes. Your pharmacist can also give you good advice on how to take care of your feet and avoid complications.