Did you know that we walk an average of 115,000 miles in our lifetime?
What is perhaps more interesting is that 70% of foot problems are caused by badly fitting shoes.
- For people with heel pain, shoes with underfoot cushioning can provide some relief
- For those who lack sensation in their toes due to diabetes it is vital to have smooth internal seams
- To help prevent corns and callus you must make sure there’s plenty of space around and on top of your toes
- If you need to wear orthotics then shoes with removable insoles may be helpful
Psssst… QUICK TIPS
Remember to change hosiery once a day and select socks that contain at least 80% cotton or wool to allow the feet to breathe normally.
FUN FEET FACTS…
- Each foot has 26 bones, 33 joints, 20 muscles and 100 ligaments.
- There are over 300 different foot conditions – and nearly 90% of people in the UK are affected at some point in their life.
- Foot problems can be inherited, due to wear and tear, due to disease or from poor footwear choices.
- Your feet can mirror your general health – your podiatrist may be able to detect the initial signs of conditions such as poor circulation and arthritis when they check your feet.
As you read this straighten your toes and wiggle them – this will help exercise and refresh your toes.
At the end of a busy day, sit with your feet up for ten minutes to help circulation.
To refresh your feet massage gently with a foot roller – or better still ask your partner to massage them for you.
*Always consult a doctor if you are considering a new exercise routine.