What's hiding in your socks?
Print this page off and do this invaluable foot check with anyone you know that can't manage their own foot health. It only takes a few minutes and can make such a difference for anyone suffering with their feet. Then simply make a note of what you find and call Neat Feet for a FREE telephone consultation. Emma will then personally arrange a full assessment and treatment or if neccasary suggest who is best to see you-whether it's your GP, podiatrist or pharmacist- either way your foot health is on the right path to being taken care of.
Check the bottoms
- Balls of feet: Scan the surface for bumps and irregular textures. Because this area endures high pressure when you walk, calluses or corns may develop.
- Soles of feet: Feel for bumps and lumps, which can be signs of muscle or bone injuries.
- Heels: Feel for dry, rough, or cracked skin. Even small fissures can become infected.
Feel Your Foot
- Feel the foot with your hands, checking the bottom and top for any bumps or areas where the temperature is warmer or cooler. Repeat all steps with your other foot.
Look Carefully at Your Feet
- Do a visual inspection. Search for any abnormalities on the top of your feet, such as scabs, sores, bruises, or corns. Check your toes and toenails for proper nail colour and length
- Tops of feet: Search for signs of poor circulation, such as abnormal hairlessness, temperature variation, and thin inflamed or shiny skin.
Examine Your Toes
- Spread toes apart with your fingers; look between your toes checking there are no breaks or wet skin. Check each toenail as well as the fleshy area surrounding it.
- Toenails: Examine unpolished nails for thickness, discolouration, or flaking, which can be signs of fungal infections.
- Around toenails: Look for ingrown toenails, characterised by reddened, puffy skin along the nail.