Posted on 30/06/2015

Put your best foot forward with these top foot care tips

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Put your best foot forward with these top foot care tips

Keeping your feet in top-notch condition is essential for comfort and, therefore, the key to staying mobile and active for longer.

Research amongst 2,000 UK adults, from the College of Podiatry, showed that half of women put up with uncomfortable shoes for the sake of fashion and a third (36%) of women have worn shoes they knew didn’t fit them because they looked nice, in contrast to just 12% of men.

As a result, 90 per cent of women report having suffered with a foot problem and one in five women say they are embarrassed about their feet.

As we approach the end of ‘Feet for Life’ month, we’d like to share a few facts to remind you of just how important it is to look after your feet and also give you a few foot care tips to make sure your feet look and feel fantastic this Summer.

Fascinating facts

  • The average person walks 150,000 miles in a lifetime (equivalent to walking around the world five times)
  • Footwear is the biggest cause of foot problems in the UK, say podiatrists
  • A young adult’s foot produces about an egg cup of sweat on a Summer’s day, so be sure to give them some air time
  • People are nearly twice as likely to buy shoes too small (44%) as too big (24%)
  • Diabetics beware – out of the approximate 125 lower limb amputations carried out on diabetics every week in England alone, 80% could have been prevented with adequate foot care
  • Over 50’s – inadequate footwear can increase the risk of developing arthritis, in fact 60% of arthritis cases are in the feet

Top foot care tips

  • Buy shoes in the afternoon – this is when feet are at their biggest as they swell throughout the day
  • For best comfort, make sure there is 1cm between the longest toe and the end of the shoe
  • Listen up ladies – the best heel height for everyday wear is 3cm or less
  • Mums-to-be – wear comfortable, supportive footwear (ideally with a strap, laces or Velcro) with a max of 3cm heel and put your feet up whenever you can
  • Men – did you know the front part of the foot produces more sweat? So be sure to consider open toe sandals in summer

Buy shoes styles to suit the shape of your foot. There are three main shapes:

  • Tapered (big toe is the biggest)
  • Rounded (the second or third toe is longer than the big toe)
  • Square (all toes of equal length)

For more information specific to foot care, visit the College of Podiatry website, or if you find you’re already experiencing difficulty in keeping active take a look at our mobility page for lots of options on how to take the pressure off getting around.

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