You may not be paying much attention to your feet, so it may come as a surprise that some of the seemingly normal things you do in your day to day life may be causing damage to their overall health.
Read on to discover five common mistakes that can contribute to damage and how to avoid them.
As you run, you land on the supination (outside) of the foot, before rolling to the pronation (inside) of the foot and finally returning to the supination.
Those who over-pronate are affecting the way they land and push off from the ground, which can cause damage to the feet, shins, Achilles tendon, knees, hips and back.
To avoid over-pronating, try to place your foot correctly, buy better fitting running shoes or seek advice from a podiatrist.
Not Stretching your Feet
You may be used to stretching your body before or after a workout, but do you include your feet in the regime? It’s important to include foot stretches to prevent constriction and reverse the damage of wearing tight shoes on your toes.
Stretching will also strengthen your arches, which will lessen your risk of experiencing foot cramps.
Wearing the Wrong Socks
Socks are essential for working out as the foot has more sweat glands than anywhere else on the body. However, it’s important to ensure you’re wearing the correct kind. Choose a synthetic material over cotton as cotton socks are more likely to trap moisture which in turn could cause blisters or even encourage fungal infections.
Frequently Wearing High Heels
High heels can cause pain, bunions, corns or calluses when worn frequently. Try to explore other choices that will complement your wardrobe just as well – a great pair of flats can look just as stylish.
Putting Stress on your Feet
If you’re putting too much stress on a particular part of your foot, you will be at a much higher risk of developing calluses. Common areas include the big toe and the ball of the foot.
Try to avoid placing too much pressure on your feet by wearing comfortable shoes or cushioned inserts, or ask a podiatrist for further advice.
If you’ve been doing any of these without realising how they could affect you, try to consider the ways you could make simple changes and improve the health and condition of your feet.
We are delighted to announce that prose written by our Practice Business Manager, Reggie Simpson, will be featured in the Rennie Grove Hospice Care’s Rhyme & Reason 2018 diary, now in its 26th year. The theme for this forthcoming year’s diary is ‘Freedom’. All proceeds from sales of the diary go to support this worthwhile charity.
Reggie says: ‘Although my entry wasn't among the top poetry and prize winners, I was chuffed to be selected for the 2018 diary. The theme was quite broad, but my degrees in politics and love of writing invariably drew me to entering the competition. In the end I settled on a focus of freedom in healthcare, no doubt inspired by my current employment at Betafeet Podiatry and the noble work of Rennie Grove Hospice Care ( www.renniegrove.org ).
Rennie Grove Hospice Care, formally known as Iain Rennie Hospice at Home, merged with Grove House, St Albans in 2010 to integrate services in south western Hertfordshire. The ethos and values of the two charities were closely aligned with the principle of allowing patients to lead a good quality of life at home for as long as possible, helping patients and their families avoid the distress of unnecessary hospital visits whenever possible.
The diaries can be ordered from the Rennie Grove website, payment by debit/credit card. It's part of their annual Christmas/holiday promotion. There will also be copies in local Rennie Grove shops. They are £5 each with additional postage if bought online. Shop locations can be found here: http://www.renniegrove.org/support/our-shops/online-shop/page/2/ .
Here is Reggie’s entry (to appear in the month of September 2018):
‘Do not count the days; make the days count.’
Muhammad Ali. Professional Boxer. Audacious. Charismatic. A winner in the ring.
But even when you have won it all, life throws you a few more punches.
Yes, his name opened doors and wealth, but the bombastic man of his younger years was humbled in later life, and following retirement, he dedicated himself increasingly to charitable work. Parkinson’s was already taking hold.
He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005, the highest honour the USA can bestow. He died in June 2016, aged 74.
Now the news is about boxing helping dementia sufferers.
So what does this mean for freedom? Does getting battered around the head spell freedom and choice? One would say yes; a boxer is free to take such risks. When the consequences deal you a fatal blow as a result, when do you lose your freedom? Is it when you have been reduced to a shadow of your former self, a normal human being, and have to rely on others? Muhammad Ali likely had plenty of resources to ensure his final days would help him on his final journey.
We tend to think of freedom in political terms. It is hard to remove freedom in healthcare from politics. Think NHS reform, among others. Freedom in a healthcare environment means more to the individuals and families when they have life-limiting illnesses and need the care of volunteer-run hospices such as Iain Rennie Grove.
The NHS gives patients the rights to make choices about different aspects of the care they receive, from the different treatment options available. How these are chosen is individual, although for those with life threatening or limiting illnesses this choice will fall on family members.
I quote the following:
‘In health there is freedom. Health is the first of all liberties’.
Henri-Frédéric Amiel, Philosopher
September is World Alzheimer’s Month.