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December 17, 2012

 

Quick and easy ways to give yourself nice feet

Look at your feet. You should see smooth, clean skin, groomed and even-shaped nails. But are your toe nails opaque and white, or yellow and crumbling? Are your heels peeling, pale and have dry skin? If so, so are 9 out of 10 Brits, as all at some time will have a foot problem, according to the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists:  http://www.scpod.org/ . No one is immune from this.

Or visit: http://www.scpod.org/foot-health/ for more information on Foot Health.  

The good news is that if your feet are in a bad way, you can usually find something that will help this straight away. However, according to the SCPOD most will need a long-term plan to avoid serious issues in the future. And there are a few things that you simply must not do at home.

FUNGAL INFECTIONS

The problem

Fungal skin infections live off keratin, which make up skin, hair and nails. Athlete’s foot may affect one in six of us. The skin is itchy, flaky and red, with white cracks, and is usually between toes and on the sides of feet.  Nail infections occur on any part of the nail, which discolours and crumbles.

The fix

Try creams such as Canesten which contains the active ingredient clotrimazole, or Lamisil Once. Both are excellent for foot fungus such as athlete’s foot. I should know as I had an episode a few years ago and Canesten worked wonders for me and is never hard to find. Once you have a nail infection, it inevitably takes months to resolve. If you are self-conscious about it, some salons can apply a false nail, carefully, over the damaged one to cover the unsightly yellow tone and uneven surface.

 The long-term solution

It’s going to take 4-8 months to sort out. Again another solution I would recommend is Nailstat for fungal toenails. A GP may prescribe anti-fungal pills but you need a blood test first to check for liver function. Based on my experiences, and I did feel like a woman applying it, but it did a great job for me, so I’d also be keen to suggest Formula 3 nail paint, which is only available from podiatrists. You will need an appointment, and always make sure you get as much of the damaged nail as possible filed away and then use and apply it on a daily basis. You will see what I mean.  

What not to do

Don’t ignore fungal infections. They can spread to the other nails so they all turn yellow very quickly.

INGROWN NAILS

The problem

Sometimes toenails penetrate the sides of the toe, becoming infected and painful.

The fix

Cut the nail down the side to relieve the ingrowing area of the nail. This will help stop some of the pain.

The long-term solution to the problem

Get professional help and advice for the removal, but this can be costly. Cut nails into a square shape to avoid ingrown nails and always try and leave them a little long.

What to avoid

Never ever cut a V into the nail and never ever ignore it as they will fester and become infected, which will be painful and very unpleasant looking.

 CORNS

The problem

Corns are small, painful, cone-like areas of thickened skin. They are caused by the pressure and rubbing against shoes that are too-tight.

The answer

Visit a chiropodist for a quick and painless removal of the corn or corns. This will take just a number of seconds and will ensure that it is gone forever. Or if you’d rather not visit the chiropodist then apply a pop a blister pad over it.

Long-term answer

It’s important to know why you are getting the corn or even corns as it or they may return. It could be down to incorrectly sized footwear, which in that case do not wear those shoes.

What to void and never ever do

Never ignore your corns. They are painful and become more, the longer they are left untreated. And never try to slice it off yourself as more pain will be