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Foot Focus: All I want for Christmas is party feet

Foot Focus: All I want for Christmas is party feet

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Foot Focus: All I want for Christmas is….. Party Feet

Christmas is on the horizon and it’s time to sparkle… but it’s hard to glitter when your feet hurt…

Wearing winter shoes and heels brings on the corns and calluses, out of sight out of mind, summer is a distant memory!

Just because our toes are tucked up in thick, cozy socks and sensible boots it is still important to keep up a simple footcare routine. Wash your feet daily and dry thoroughly, checking between the toes for any signs of athletes foot. Use a pumice or foot file on the thickened skin. Apply a good quality foot cream and treat yourself to a little massage whilst you do so: rubbing and stroking towards the heart. Bucks Foot Clinic stock a number of foot creams and sundries.

If you have sore areas or corns, book in with a podiatrist to treat these. Don’t be tempted to use corn plasters or corn remover pastes, particularly if you have diabetes or circulatory issues.
And for those parties, try to find heels which are comfortable to have you dancing into the small hours. Towering heels might be the height of fashion and a party season must have, but if they cause your face to grimace rather grin, it’s not seasonal cheer… Look for styles with functional straps to hold the foot securely, avoid overly pointed toes – consider instead peep-toes.

Think about block heels or wedges for stability and greater comfort. If possible try to wear the party shoes for short periods ahead of the big night. Some designs incorporate padding in the soles and are well worth seeking out. And if that pair of “Cinderella must go to the ball” shoes is falling short on the comfort level, there are products that can help. Silicone foot pads can reduce the pain of overloading, gel sleeves can protect sore toes and heel grips assist in keeping the shoe on properly. Silicone spray can be helpful at stopping blisters and rubbing in new shoes. Many of these products can be purchased from our clinic along with help and advice from our team of foot experts. If all else fails pop a little pair of soft pumps in your bag and change into them.

Perhaps consider a medi-pedi, for yourself or as a gift for a fellow Christmas party goer! A medi-pedi is a combination of routine podiatry care – addressing corns and calluses and the luxury of a pedicure using lovely botanical products and a professional nail polish. Bring your own Christmas favorite or purchase from our range of Dr. Remedy nail polishes – we have berry reds, sophisticated navy’s and neutrals and sparkles aplenty!

From Bucks Foot Clinic, May we thank you for your business and wish you a very merry Christmas – go be fabulous and sparkle for the whole season with happy healthy feet!

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Chilblains article

Chilblains article

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Foot Focus The chill factor

As the nights draw in and the temperature drops, we know that winter will soon be upon us. Whilst we romanticise about toasting our toes in front of the log fire, it is worth remembering the common seasonal complaint of chilblains. More women than men are affected.

Characteristically presenting itself as painful, often itchy and burning, red, swollen areas on the toes, fingers, and ears. For most, this is a mild discomfort which readily resolves, however in some cases, the areas blister and become open wounds and may require professional assistance.

The underlying cause is one of a circulatory nature, where the tiny blood vessels of the area have not responded appropriately to changes in temperature. People, particularly at risk, are those with family history, poor circulation, exposure to cold and damp conditions, poor nutrition or low body weight and smokers (nicotine having a constricting effect on blood vessels).

For many, chilblains are seen as an old-fashioned ailment, and there is some truth in that. In the days before central heating, when the population was more likely to be underweight, footwear was more basic, smoking was a common pastime, employment was physical and in poor conditions, often outside or on hard cold floors, chilblains would have been a common blight.

As a result, there are many historical references, folklore and old wives tales regarding their treatment, varying from rubbing the areas with raw onion, to soaking the feet in wee – but in these enlightened times, these are not recommended nor do they help.

In mild to moderate cases the discomfort can be alleviated by the application of calamine and witch-hazel, this may help with the associated itching. Foot warming creams and balms available from your podiatrist may prove beneficial.

In instances where the skin has become broken or where the condition seems ongoing, a podiatrist will be able to treat and advise.

In stubborn cases, Nifedipine, a prescription-only medication, may be indicated.

Prevention is better than cure!

It is surprising how much of an impact such a potentially minor ailment can have, ask anyone who has suffered from chilblains, it is miserable!

* Avoid exposure to cold, when cold, allow warming in a natural way – not toasting your feet in front of an open fire! Pre-warm footwear. Good hosiery (thermal fibers)

* Promote healthy circulation – exercise, smoking cessation, healthy diet.

* Good skincare – checking feet for early signs, applying the cream to improve skin quality, rubbing/ massage will also stimulate the microcirculation.

* Good ambient temperature – not a direct heat source, no draughts.

* Well fitting footwear – and fit for purpose. Chafing or tight areas can give rise to chilblains too.

If in doubt make an appointment to see your podiatrist!