Healthy Feet for Life - Foot Care for All Ages


Healthy Feet for Life - Foot Care Guide

Throughout June, the College of Podiatry is raising awareness of the importance of looking after your feet, whatever your age, with its Feet for Life 2017 campaign. As the campaign’s name suggests, foot health should be a priority during every stage of our lives, not least because we depend on our feet to keep us mobile and help us to make the most of each day.

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How Foot Orthotics Help to Relieve Back Pain


How Foot Orthotics Help to Relieve Back Pain

Back pain is a widespread, debilitating health problem. Last year, a staggering 30.8 million working days were lost in the UK due to backache and other musculoskeletal issues, according to the Office for National Statistics. Only minor illnesses, such as colds, were responsible for more periods of sick leave.

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Foot Exercises - Easy, Effective Ways to Strengthen Your Feet


Foot Exercises

As we’re all so reliant on our feet, it’s incredibly important to ensure they’re working as well as possible. Performing simple foot exercises on a regular basis is an excellent way to improve your foot function.

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Foot Care for Runners and Joggers


London Runners and Joggers

This year’s London Marathon was a record-breaker, attracting over 40,000 amateur and professional participants. The world-famous race has helped to make the city a hotspot for runners and joggers. As Runner’s World magazine points out, London has ‘the most active running community’ in the UK. London-based users of the Strava running app clocked up more than two million runs in 2016 alone!

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Why Your Socks and Tights Could Cause Foot Problems


unsuitable socks can cause foot problems

Putting on socks or tights in the morning is part of most people’s daily routine. The task is so familiar that you probably don’t give it much thought and have never stopped to wonder what effect hosiery has on your foot health.

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Relieving the Heel Pain Linked to Plantar Fasciitis


heel pain - plantar fasciitis

While the unusual name might give you the impression that it’s a rare condition, plantar fasciitis is actually the number one cause of heel pain. It occurs when your plantar fascia (a dense strip of shock-absorbing tissue that runs along your sole) swells and thickens in response to being damaged. Left untreated, plantar fasciitis can severely limit your mobility.

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How Your Feet Change as You Get Older


You may have heard that feet get bigger during later life, and are perhaps wondering whether that’s really the case or just a myth. The truth is that although your feet broaden and lengthen with age, they’re actually spreading out rather than growing. Your toes become wider and arches drop as ligaments and tendons lose their elasticity.

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How Fashionable Flat Shoes Can Damage Your Feet


Fashionable Flat Shoes

Pick up any fashion magazine and you’ll see a tremendous variety of flat shoes: ballet slippers, flip-flops, loafers, plimsolls, sandals and more. Over the past year or so, an increasing number of women have followed in style icon Victoria Beckham’s footsteps by discarding their skyscraper heels and stepping out in fashionable flats instead. One shoe retailer recently reported that its flat shoes had outsold high heels by almost 150%.

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Custom-Made Orthotics Provide Unbeatable Foot Support



In addition to the fundamental aspects of foot care (removing hard skin, trimming nails, etc.), podiatry encompasses a range of more specialised services. If you ask a podiatrist which parts of his or her work require the greatest skill, creating prescription orthotics (also known as orthotic insoles and foot orthoses) for patients’ shoes is likely to be at the top of the list. Each pair is unique and potentially life changing.

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Caring for Dry, Cracked Heels


Dry, Cracked Heels

If you’ve ever suffered from dry, cracked heels (also referred to as ‘heel fissures’), you’ll have seen how badly the skin can be damaged. Instead of being soft, supple and smooth, cracked heels resemble sandpaper: hard, rough and unpleasant to touch.

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