Foot expert Sally-Anne Mulliner, who owns a clinic called Feet in The Smithfield Centre in Leek is here to offer advice on looking after your tootsies this summer...
DID you know there are approximately 250,000 sweat glands in a pair of feet, and that they excrete as much as half a pint of moisture each day?
In fact the soles of your feet contain more sweat glands and sensory nerve endings per square centimetre than any other part of your body, which explains why, when something seemingly minor happens to them, they hurt so much!
We all like a new pair or two of summer sandals or pumps but when do you shop for them?
Shoe shopping is better done in the afternoon when your feet have swollen a little.
Get your feet measured if possible before you buy to make sure you’re buying the right size (foot size and shape changes in pregnancy, with age and with some medical conditions); make sure you check for comfort and support as well as the aesthetics – especially for an everyday shoe.
Try on both shoes – most people have one foot larger than the other, so fit to your larger foot.
If you choose shoes that narrow or point at the front, look for a shoe where the narrowing occurs past the ball of your foot, particularly for shoes that you’ll be wearing every day – corns are commonplace amongst people who don’t!
Ladies, for an everyday shoe opt for a wide heel as these offer more support. If you wear heels each day, a heel of 1-1 1/2 inches is much better, limit the high heels for special occasions.
Regardless of heels, try to rotate your footwear so that you’re not wearing the same pair every day which means that your feet and calves are not in the same position for long periods of time.
I know high fashion often trumps comfort, but cramming your feet into too-high heels or wearing them for too long can cause foot pain and a lot of other problems for your body.
So, this summer, a little TLC will keep that spring in your step.
My general advice on foot care would be:
• Keep feet clean and dirt free
• Exercise the feet regularly
• Moisturize and exfoliate the feet whenever possible – moisturising daily.
This is essential, the feet can lose up to as much as half a pint of moisture each day, so it helps to keep the skin supple and avoid problems such as cracked heels which are commonplace in the summer time.
There are many specific and topical foot creams on the market and for conditions such as cracked heels, these are great, but using a general moisturiser, body butter or an aqueous cream can work just as well.
If you’d like to discuss which cream would best suit you/your skin type please ask me or pop in to my clinic for some free advice.