Our feet take an average of 10.000 steps daily, therefore it is important to take good care of them. One of the main problems we face every day is the formation of corns and calluses. These are areas of hard skin that are caused by increased pressure and friction. Corns and calluses are usually formed on the small toe and under the ball of the foot. They are mostly caused by ill-fitting shoes or foot deformity. They can cause pain and discomfort when walking. In people with diabetes or musculoskeletal diseases, they may also progress into an ulcer if not addressed properly. A podiatrist will be able to remove the hard skin and therefore help you walk pain free. They will also be able to check your footwear and advise you if any changes need to be made.
Due to our long and warm summers, we tend to wear sandals for many months. This can cause the skin on the heels to crack, which can be painful. A podiatrist will take care of the hard skin and cracks and provide the necessary emollients to heal the skin and keep the skin soft.
Another way we can help you is by educating you on the correct way to cut your nails. Many people are troubled by ingrown toenails which is mainly caused by not cutting them correctly. A podiatrist will help ease the pain and find solutions for you.
Wearing the right shoe is very important. Ill-fitting shoes can cause corns, calluses and ingrown toenails. Make sure that the shoe fits well and does not rub against the skin. High-heeled and tight shoes should be avoided. Children should be checked regularly to see that they have not outgrown their shoes. It is also very important to wear the correct type of shoe according to the different sports a person does.