It is likely that your podiatry care has been seriously interrupted and unfortunately it is likely that interruption will continue for some time. We felt that it would be helpful to offer some basic footcare advice on how you might best be able to carry out some ‘self-management’ of your feet during this difficult period.
Generally, it is best to treat the nails ‘little and often’ and make the care of your nails part of a weekly routine so that they are not allowed to develop into a problem.
To reduce the chances of injury we would suggest the use of a file e.g. a diamond deb foot dresser 20cm, which can be used on the nails and the skin. Filing the nails will help to keep nails thin as well as short.
If nail cutting is necessary, we would suggest that nail nippers are used to cut the nails straight across and file the corners thereby reducing the risk of an ingrowing toenail.
If you suffer from the build up of skin down the sides of the nails (usually the nails on the big toes), we suggest the use of Gehwol skin softener to allow for its easy and pain free removal.
These products can be sourced from Feetlife https://www.feetlife.co.uk/Search?q=nails&take=60
As with nail care problematic build ups of skin (callus) are better treated ‘little and often’.
Lightly filing the hard skin regularly followed by the application of a moisturiser will help to keep the skin healthy and supple. The moisturiser should be used all over the feet from the heels to the toes but should not be applied between the toes as this can encourage the build-up of moisture potentially leading to athletes’ foot.
Between the toes, surgical spirit should be used to prevent the skin from becoming too damp.
One of the most dangerous things that can happen to your feet is for an infection to develop and spread.
The most common signs of bacterial infection are: –
- Redness – the most understood sign of infection is redness which can spread rapidly.
- Heat – the area of the infection is likely to be warmer than the corresponding site on the other foot.
- Pain – there will usually be an increase in pain as an infection develops.
If one or more of the above is happening it would indicate an infection and if there is an escalation in these identifiers it indicates that your body is losing the battle against the bacteria causing the infection.
If this happens to you, we suggest that you phone 111 as you will need antibiotics to stop the infection spreading.
We hope that the above information is useful and will help you to get through this period until you are able to restart your regular appointments with your podiatrist.
Our best wishes to you all.
Your Podiatry Team
LLoyd, Ali, Pauline, Edd & Mandy