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How to Keep Your Feet Healthy

Welcome to my blog! My name is Geoff. I have always been a sporty kind of chap. I love to go long distance running and I also play football and rugby. One day after a long run, I had a terrible pain in my foot. I thought I had just been overdoing it a little bit, so I decided to rest up. A week later, it was no better. I was still in a lot of pain and had to drop out of a couple of football matches. My doctor sent me to see a podiatrist who examined my foot and explained I had damaged a ligament. The podiatrist helped me to get back to full health. I decided to start this blog to explain the importance of good foot care.

How to Keep Your Feet Healthy

Healthy Feet for Warehouse Work

by Samuel Snyder

If you work as an order picker in a warehouse, you'll be no stranger to spending long periods of time on your feet. Regardless of whether you are issued quality protective footwear, it's not uncommon to get sweaty aching soles. Following a podiatrist-approved foot care regime is essential for maintaining foot health and preventing a variety of different sweat related conditions, such as athlete's foot or a fungal nail infection. It takes little effort to treat these conditions as they occur but next to no effort to stop them from ever starting. Follow these simple tips for healthy feet and a more comfortable time at work.

Sweaty Feet

Foot sweat can lead to lots of other issues if not kept at bay. Having some spare pairs of socks at work can help to reduce the spread of bacterial growth from the warm damp conditions that can develop. If possible, try to use talcum powder a couple of times a day to keep the feet dry, especially in the crevices between the toes which are susceptible to athlete's foot, and use anti-bacterial cushioned insoles to support the arch of the foot to keep odours at bay. 

Fungal Nail Infection

Fungal nail infections make the nail look thick, brittle and yellow. They are contagious so once one nail is infected it is likely the others will be as well unless treated by a podiatrist or with tea tree oil. You can do this yourself by clipping away dead nail and applying tea tree oil directly every day; however, this process can take weeks, if not months, to work. The reason tee tree oil works is because it has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and the consistency of the liquid allows it to penetrate the nail and kill off the infection over time. Treatment must be consistent to prevent regrowth. Whilst you can certainly live with fungal nail, it can be unsightly and in some cases painful to trim and walk if the nail gets too thick. 

Athlete's Foot

Athlete's foot is another fungal infection that often affects the skin in between the toes. In this instance the skin becomes red and sore but can be treated easily by keeping the feet dry and clean, whilst using an over the counter cream or spray as directed. 

For both athlete's foot and a fungal nail infection a foot bath every evening can help as well. A few drops of tea tree oil or some anti-bacterial foot wash will do the trick and help to relieve aching muscles after a long day at work. 

Talk with a podiatrist if you have any concerns over the health of your feet.