Foot Health Education

Foot Health Education

Foot disorders can cause discomfort and be a huge irritant to those suffering; many problems can be treated by a chiropodist or podiatrist. A lot of other problems can be prevented through good foot health education knowledge and a few simple steps.

Where to get foot health education?

Foot health education can be sought out from a chiropodist or podiatrist, they can give advice and help on the right kind of footwear to use as-well as how to bathe and dry your feet, treatment of odours, how to cut nails correctly and lots more information on looking after your feet.

Your local GP, Doctor or nurse can provide you with information, leaflets and guides on all aspects of looking after your feet; they can also refer you to a podiatrist.

Many private and NHS clinics are now delivering foot health education to children in schools in the hope that early knowledge can prevent foot problems from arising in adult years.

It is possible to study foot health at colleges and study from home courses, although they do not give the qualification of that of a podiatrist they can be a great source of knowledge and can give you a platform if you are interested in a career in foot health.

Diabetics

Foot health education is essential for people, who have been diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetes effects the feet in a number of ways, meaning knowing how to look after them properly is a must, the reason podiatry is beneficial is:

  • Diabetes affects the joints making them stiffer
  • Diabetes affect blood circulation and gives poor circulation, this can impact upon how long it takes the body to heal.
  • Diabetes suffers are more susceptible to infection
  • Diabetes complications can have an effect on the feet.

Regular visits to a podiatrist are important to learn all about foot health and to have your feet treated and checked.

Basics of foot health

A lot of foot health education can be self-taught; there are a lot of good resources available on the internet through different websites. Access to information can be found easily with the use of a search engine. Some of the basic factors that you should be aware of when treating your feet are:

  • Bunions, ingrown toenails, corns and callouses can be extremely painful, these symptoms are best treated by a qualified Chiropodist or Podiatrist, in the case of corns remedies and pads should be avoided.
  • Bathing the feet regularly in medicated foot powder can eradicate bad smells and foot odours. Athlete`s foot and verrucae`s can be treated through the use of medicated soaps.
  • Wearing properly fitting socks and shoes made from light material with good circulation can help the feet to stay dry.
  • Changing socks and shoes frequently can help keep feet free from fungus.
  • Drying the feet using a non-abrasive towel.
  • Never apply any excessive heat to the feet such as the use of hot water bottles.
  • Avoid the use of all strong antiseptics and chemicals on feet.