Category: Foot health

1 April 2020

Looking after your feet and preventing dry skin.

Skin is the largest organ in the body and offers a protective barrier against the outside environment. When intact, it is a waterproof, smooth, flexible and protective layer. However, dry skin can become cracked. This compromises the protective barrier and can leave you open to infection. Dry skin can create micro splits and fissures allowing […]

5 February 2020

Chilblains- What are they and how to prevent them?

What are they? Chilblains are small, itchy, red areas of skin.  They can come as a result of an abnormal reaction to the cold. They usually affect the hands and feet. The good news is that although they are uncomfortable, they generally clear up within 7-10 days. What causes Chilblains? During cold weather, the tiny blood […]

20 January 2020

The importance of checking our feet for Melanoma

Malignant Melanoma is a form of cancer. It develops from a type of pigment cell called a Melanocyte. Melanomas cause around 7,000 deaths per year. The GOOD NEWS is that if we can catch them in their early stages, melanomas are almost entirely curable.  But if they are located on harder to spot areas, like the […]

10 December 2019

Diabetic foot care advise: avoiding complications

For those of you with Diabetes, diabetic foot care is very important if you want to avoid unnecessary complications. Looking after your feet and checking them regularly can significantly reduce your risks of getting foot problems. Tips for every day diabetic footcare: Maintain good foot hygiene – Wash your feet every day and dry carefully […]

8 October 2019

Diabetes: Why are diabetics more prone to foot problems?

Diabetes is a disease caused by high blood glucose (sugar) levels. Over time, high levels of glucose in the blood can have serious health effects. Diabetic foot problems is one of them and can effect the quality of life of a sufferer. How are the feet effected? Neuropathy, or sensory nerve damage: High sugar levels […]

3 September 2019

Living with Plantar Fasciitis?

It’s almost a weekly occurrence in clinic, when I hear from patients how their heel and foot pain is stopping them from getting on with their usual day to day activities. So I wanted to share some tips on how living with plantar fasciitis can be made a little easier. Plantar fasciitis (or chronic heel […]

11 June 2019

Cracked heels and summer sandals just don’t go well together!

In the winter our feet are often out of sight and out of mind. But summer is here, let’s get them out and be proud and comfortable! Here are some top tips to get your feet summer ready and to reduce the appearance of cracked heels. Toenails: Ladies, take a break from nail polish for […]