Your feet take the weight of your whole body, so foot problems can quickly lead to discomfort and affect the way you walk. This can in turn cause knee, hip and back pain.
The good news is that looking after your feet can prevent most of these problems. Investing a bit of time and thought into caring for your feet now can prevent them causing you pain later.
Revive Footcare offers a comprehensive Podiatry Service at our clinic in Blackmore Crescent, Woking, Surrey as well as offering home visits for the surrounding areas.
We are Registered podiatrists and members of the Health Profession Council (HCPC). The HCPC is a regulatory body for allied health professionals. This ensures we continually update our skills by attending regular courses and conferences. You can always check whether your podiatrist is registered by going to the HCPC website.
WHY PREVENTIVE FOOT HEALTH IS IMPORTANT
In their lifetime, the average person walks approximately 100,000 miles. But all too often, we do not place the same emphasis on looking after our feet as we do on other parts of our body. Your feet are often the first indication of circulation problems or nerve disorders; they may also indicate arthritis or diabetes. However, many people assume that when their feet cause problems it is just because they are getting older. It’s important to maintain general good health before problems develop and to take care of existing issues before they limit your ability to function.
Here are three important reasons why you need to take care of your feet
Quality of life
Quality of life/ability to function. Your quality of life is directly related to your ability to be self-sufficient—capable of performing activities of daily living such as walking, shopping, visiting friends and family, working and playing. If your feet hurt or you have other foot problems, you are unlikely to function at your best. If you modify your gait to avoid a painful corn for example, your posture and balance will be affected, making you more vulnerable to falling.
It goes without saying that good foot health is important if your job demands that you be on your feet for any significant amount of time. Even if you spend most of your time at your desk, you still have to get up occasionally; in fact, to avoid neck and shoulder pain associated with sitting at a computer and to prevent blood from pooling in your feet, it is vital that you do stand up and walk around at least once an hour. Poor foot health can harm work performance, resulting in lost time, lost productivity and lower job efficiency and effectiveness.
Regular physical activity
A large body of research confirms the importance of physical activity to overall health, especially as we get older. The latest government recommendations for all adults (including those 65 and older) who generally are fit and have no limiting health conditions is, at the least, 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (e.g., brisk walking) every week and resistance training on two or more days a week. For many people, that’s daunting enough without adding foot problems to the mix.
Of course, any amount of physical activity is better than none, but with poor foot health, you may be less likely to engage in even a minimal amount of physical activity. The less you do, the less you can do. The result: loss of muscle mass and strength; reduced endurance and higher risk of diseases related to a sedentary lifestyle, including diabetes, heart disease and cognitive decline.
WHAT CAN A PODIATRIST DO FOR ME?
If you have any foot-related problems such as thickened or discoloured toenails, cracked skin, painful feet or growths you may want to see a Podiatrist for advice and treatment. Podiatrists also supply orthotics (prescription insoles), padding and arch supports to relieve painful feet, knees, hips and back. If your feet are generally in good condition, you might consider having a Podiatry appointment to have the hard skin on your feet removed, toenails cut, or just to check that you’re looking after your feet properly. Your Podiatrist can also help with more complex foot problems including preventing, diagnosing and treating injuries related to sports and/or exercise.
We understand that it can be scary showing a stranger your foot, especially if it hurts. We endeavour to relax children and will never insist they undergo treatment if they do not wish to. Children may require a visit to a podiatrist for a range of conditions.
We treat children with verrucas using a gentle, creamy version of Salicylic Acid.
In-growing Toenails: Children can suffer in-growing toenails just like adults and at Revive Footcare we reassure all our patients big and small as we work as gently as possible to remove any nail spikes.
If nail surgery is required we discuss the procedure in depth with your child to ensure they are as happy as possible.
Often parents notice things about their child’s walking and running patterns or how they wear down their shoes.
Sometimes these can be something you recognise as a familial trait or something unique to your child perhaps from birth or a condition they live with.
We can assess a child’s gait using our experience of average parameters and milestones and decide if treatment, observation or referral to another expert is required.