“You owe it to them”
No other part of the body works as hard as the feet. The feet are designed to support the weight of the body and facilitate us moving around. Often they (the feet) do not get the attention and care that they deserve. No other anatomical structure can quite perform the functions of the feet. With the advancement in medicine namely orthopedics and orthotics, we have seen amazing designs which have facilitated runners with prosthetic blades and dancers with prosthetic legs perform as well or better than those with legs. Our feet allow us to perform the following functions:
Each foot has 26 bones, strong ligaments and tendons which allow us to perform all the functions previously mentioned.
The ball of the feet and the heel bear most of the weight of the body. The natural arch of the sole allows the feet to better support the weight of the body.
Common Problems of the feet include
Have you been experiencing pain and discomfort in a foot or both feet? This could be due to one of more of the following problems:
- Overuse or Trauma
- Overgrowth of skin and nails
- Ingrown nails
The Podiatrist/ Foot Doctor
The foot clinic offers personal and tailored podiatric treatment. It however begins with a biomechanical assessment especially for those who are having pain or difficulty walking. With the use of orthotic insoles, ultrasound, electro-surgery, cryosurgery, and special types of dressings most of the complaints of the feet can be resolved.
Services given include:
- Nail surgery for removal of ingrown nail
- Rubbing down or filing of corns, bunions, thick skin
- Removal of warts
- Treatment for dry or peeling skin
- Foot care education for diabetics
- Physical therapy exercises which include stretches
- Home visiting services for the house bound
Self-care for your feet should include:
- Personal Hygiene
- Wash your feet every day and take the time to dry between the toes. This will minimize foot odor and athlete’s foot infections.
- To soothe tired feet soak them in warm soapy water (essential oils such as lavender and tea tree have antiseptic properties).
- Moisturize feet after a shower/bath
- Wear breathable socks or stockings if you tend to have sweaty feet
- Wearing well fitted footwear
- Too flat slippers and shoes do not support the arches
- Too high shoes put too much pressure on the ball of the feet
- Avoiding high impact sports if you do not have the recommended sports foot wear that give good shock absorbency
- Caring for minor injuries before they run the risk of getting infected.
- Seeking the services of a foot doctor if you have foot issues. This is especially important for:
- The elderly
- Pregnant women
- Sportsmen/women, dancers etc.
For issues with your feet which are not resolving, do not delay in contacting a member of the healthcare team. A doctor, podiatrist, nurse, physiotherapist or complementary practitioner will help you to restore optimal health to your feet and ankles. You will be referred if more complex treatment is required.
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