Look after the feet that have carried you for many miles throughout your life

PREVENTING PROBLEMS: Regular check-ups with your podiatrist are recommended, especially if you cannot look after your feet yourself and you have no one to help you. Photo: Shutterstock
PREVENTING PROBLEMS: Regular check-ups with your podiatrist are recommended, especially if you cannot look after your feet yourself and you have no one to help you. Photo: Shutterstock

Our feet do a lot of work throughout our lifetime and are an extremely important part of the body. As we age they can eventually wear down.

Podiatrists Eric Brooks and Katie Simpson from Highlands Podiatry are here to help you get the most out of your feet, no matter what your age.

Eric and Katie have 14 years each of experience and enjoy all areas of podiatry.

Podiatry is an area of health that focuses on the lower limbs and in particular the function of the feet. If you are five or 85 years old, or even somewhere in between, getting your feet checked regularly is just as vital as having your eyes tested, so you can potentially prevent issues that could occur during your lifetime.

Podiatry covers many areas which include, general care, such as toenail and skin care issues - thick, hard, brittle or ingrown toenails, corns, callus or warts.

Podiatry also includes lower limb assessments. This type of assessment can help to determine reasons behind pain in the foot, ankle, hip and back pain.

"There are many types of treatment pathways that can be taken depending on your diagnosis but these types of assessments can help to determine appropriate footwear, muscle imbalances, orthotic intervention and more, depending on your result," Katie said.

"By intervening as early as possible and taking regular care of your feet it can help you stay more active, mobile and could help to reduce potential falls risk later in life."

Our feet let us know that things may not be right. Some signs could include, dry, flaky or discoloured skin, changes to your toenails, burning, numbness, tingling or change in temperature. If these occur, see a podiatrist, as they, along with your GP can help you understand the cause and help to recreate an individualised plan for your foot health needs.

If you are unable to undertake basic foot care, or have conditions such as arthritis, if left untreated this may lead to increased foot health issues.

As we age our toenails can change, as well as the ability to reach or see our feet.

"These changes could be, brittle, thicker or harder toenails which can make attempting to cut your own toenails more difficult and could result in them being poorly cut which may lead to infected, ingrown toenails. If you do not have a family member able to help you manage and maintain this, your friendly podiatrists are here to help you."

Both Eric and Katie encourage you to have your feet checked regularly and will work with you to maintain and improve your foot health. This is especially recommended if you have medical conditions that affect your feet such as diabetes, mobility and eyesight issues.

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