You may have been searching for a specific product or have simply noticed the variety of foot treatments available to buy over the counter in order to counteract common ailments at home.
After taking note of the sheer variety, you may have found yourself wondering whether these products are actually likely to work, as well as which product would be the most appropriate for your needs and help alleviate your problem(s).
Anti-fungal creams are readily available in several forms without a prescription and are most widely used to treat conditions such as Athlete’s Foot – a fungal infection that affects the feet and toes. The creams are usually successful in relieving symptoms when the user correctly follows the manufacturer’s directions. However, they may not serve as a full cure for severe cases.
Wart and Verrucae Treatments
Warts and verrucae will usually go away on their own as they are fought off by the body’s immune system. However, stubborn cases may require a little extra help. Typical brands contain salicylic acid, which helps to remove the infected skin tissue from the area, eliminating the virus in the process.
Combining this with the body’s natural resistance to verrucae, removing them is usually a relatively simple process, but a visit to the podiatrist might be necessary for stubborn, persistent ones.
Corn Plasters, Cushions and Pads
Plasters, cushions or pads aimed at relieving the symptoms of corns contain salicylic acid; however, these will not remove the corns on their own.
Successful treatment of corns usually involves a visit to a healthcare professional to remove the excess keratin build up, resulting in less pressure on the area.
Insoles and Orthotics
Insoles aim to provide relief from aches and pain in the feet. If you are often standing for long periods, insoles can help to improve support and reduce associated discomfort.
Lotions and Balms
While they may not be intended for a specific condition, using foot lotions and balms on a regular basis can significantly reduce dry, cracked skin, which in turn will reduce painful flaking as well as lowering your risk of developing infections. Betafeet Podiatry recommends urea-based creams as these are better absorbed into the skin.
In minor cases, many ailments of the feet can be dealt with through the use of over the counter products. However, if you’re finding them to be ineffective, it may be best to visit a podiatrist in order to have your condition properly evaluated.
After doing so, your podiatrist will be able to recommend the most suitable method of treatment. If you have concerns about your feet, don’t hesitate to contact Betafeet Podiatry today.
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.