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How Do I Maintain Healthy Feet?

Take good care of your feet for long term well being of your feet – the most used part of the human body.

Wash your feet often

Keep your feet clean by washing them every day in warm soapy water, but don't soak them, as this might destroy your skin's natural oils.

Dry your feet well

Dry your feet thoroughly after washing them, especially between the toes, which is where fungal infections like athlete's foot can develop.

Moisturize and file

If your skin is dry, apply moisturizing cream all over the foot, except for between the toes.

Gently remove hard skin and calluses with a pumice stone or foot file. Don't overdo it or you could damage fresh skin underneath.

Cut toenails carefully

Trim your toenails regularly using proper nail clippers. Cut straight across, never at an angle or down the edges. This can cause ingrown toenails.

Shoe shop in the afternoon

Shop for shoes in the afternoon. Your feet swell as the day goes on and if shoes fit in the afternoon when your feet are at their largest, you can be assured they'll always be comfortable.

Change socks daily to avoid foot odour

As well as changing your socks regularly, wear socks made of cotton, wool or bamboo.

These allow your feet to breathe and help keep them at the right temperature.

Specialist socks are also available for different sporting activities

Wear socks that fit

Make sure your socks fit properly, paying particular attention to the width for your foot and ankle.

If you have swollen feet, look for socks designed to accommodate your swelling. Elastic-free socks are available to help prevent them cutting into your leg.

If you have difficulty feeling your feet properly (neuropathy), make sure there are no knobbly seams inside your socks that may rub and damage your skin. Turning your socks inside out can help prevent rubbing.

Protect your feet in communal areas

Wear flip-flops or pool shoes to avoid getting athlete's foot and verruca’s when using public areas such as gym showers or swimming pools.