FOOT HEALTH HELP

Friday - - Living Health -

SHOP SMART

Michelle Cham­plin from Dubai Po­di­a­try Cen­tre rec­om­mends pur­chas­ing your pumps af­ter 3pm as the end of the day is when feet are most swollen. She also ad­vises wear­ing pop socks when try­ing on shoes: “Fun­gal in­fec­tions and plan­tar warts are com­mon in Dubai and this lim­its cross-con­tam­i­na­tion,” she says. Re­mem­ber too, the cheaper the high heel, the more likely you are to com­pro­mise on com­fort.

GET THE RIGHT FIT

Ac­cord­ing to the UK’s So­ci­ety of Chi­ropodists and Po­di­a­trists, 90 per cent of peo­ple wear the wrong shoe size. Get your feet prop­erly mea­sured – take your footwear to a po­di­a­trist or try Michelle’s DIY test: draw round your foot on a piece of pa­per, then place your shoe over it and draw round this. You could see where your foot/toes are be­ing squashed.

BE PEDI PAR­TIC­U­LAR

Over-pedi­cur­ing, com­mon in the UAE warns Michelle, can re­sult in var­i­ous is­sues, in­clud­ing in­grown toe­nails and fun­gal nail in­fec­tions. She ad­vises mak­ing sure the pedi­curist cuts straight across and not down the sides of a nail and that in­stru­ments are ster­ile.

PRAC­TISE TOE TLC

Faced with tired, achy, sore feet? At the end of the day, try a cool­ing foot spa, a mois­tur­is­ing mas­sage or a foot work­out with the Footerella, an elec­tronic de­vice launched at Arab Health 2010. Sim­i­lar to a Slen­derTone, it de­liv­ers a ‘work­out’ for the feet to tighten and tone, with pro­grammes for dif­fer­ent footwear styles.

Fi­nally, you should visit your po­di­a­trist reg­u­larly for a med­i­cal check-up to keep hard skin and corns at bay. It’s also worth in­vest­ing in an an­nual biome­chan­i­cal as­sess­ment to check there are not any more se­ri­ous prob­lems.

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