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Caring for your feet


Feet sweat a lot, they have 125,000 sweat glands on each foot which is a higher density than anywhere else on the body, whilst the sweat produced by these glands is odorless the bacteria which may feed on the skin produce gasses which certainly aren't (see foot odor)so basic foot hygiene is important from a social and infection point of view. Ideally feet should be washed morning and evening with soap and water, dried thoughly and a moisturizing foot cream applied, to prevent hard, dry or cracked skin.

Change your socks daily and wash them at 40 degrees plus to kill bacteria and prevent re infection.

Gently remove hard skin and calluses with a pumice stone or foot file regularly. 

Always trim your toenails straight across, never at an angle or down the edges. This can cause ingrown toenails.

Shop for shoes in the afternoon. 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 will always be comfortable.

If you have to wear heels at work, wear comfortable shoes to and from the office and only wear your smart shoes in the office. Also, try to vary the heel height, between low, medium and high.

Wear Shoes appropriate to the circumstances, don't wear high heels or pointed shoes too often, they may look good but have the problem of being totally unsuitable for walking in or standing for prolonged periods of time.

Wear flip-flops to avoid catching athlete’s foot and verrucae when you use public areas such as gym showers, swimming pools or hotel bathrooms. 

But don't wear flip-flops all the time. They don't provide support for your feet and can give you arch and heel pain if you wear them too much.



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