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The Importance of Foot Health

As a reflexologist, I see many feet every day in clinic and whilst people do not need to have a pedicure before coming for a reflexology treatment it’s really important to look after your feet and notice any changes in your foot health.
We are on our feet every day, and according to the NHS, the average Brit walks between 3,000 and 4,000 steps a day. So why is it that we all to often neglect our foot health?
It’s only when issues or niggles crop up that we tend to then start to look after them.
Even then many people will still ignore aches and pains that are minor until they become more serious.
That’s why it's so important to prioritise your foot health and look after your feet regularly; as by treating them well, they will stay in good health and keep you in a better overall health too!

Check Your Feet

We all regularly go to the dentist for check ups so why not do the same for your feet and book in once a year to see a podiatrist to get your feet checked over.
If you have a condition such as diabetes you should be having regular check ups through the NHS to make sure that your feet are staying in good health.
If you feel your feet are in good condition and you sense that you don’t need to see a professional, why not book in an appointment with yourself and take some time to give your feet some self care at home.

Self Care Foot Soak

This easy at home foot soak is a nice way to give your feet a quick pamper and leave them feeling refreshed.
You will want to give yourself enough time to relax and not feel rushed so take around 30 mins to an hour to do this for yourself.
Get a nice basin - big enough to put your feet into.
Fill it up with some warm water and add in some Epsom salts to it, which will help to relieve any aches and pains you may be suffering from. You can get some lovely ones from within our wellness shop in Chapelton, but these can easily be purchased from your local supermarkets too. There are so many brands out there now. I always like to buy one with a nice smelling essential oil as it will help to relax your body as you inhale the essential oils.
Make it even more special by lighting a few candles and playing some relaxing music.
To feel the most benefits from the Epsom salts - soak your feet for at least 20MIN in the warm water.
Before taking your feet out of the water you can exfoliate them with the Epsom salts to leave them feeling silky smooth.
Then make sure to thoroughly dry off your feet and if you want to take it a step further you can massage in your favourite moisturiser to your feet, to keep them nice and soft to help prevent any cracks and calluses forming.
Avoid doing this foot soak if you have any open cuts or ulcers on your feet. Speak to your GP if you have any concerns.

Look For Any Changes

Once you’ve done this foot soak it’s the perfect opportunity to check over both your feet and see if there are any areas of concern.

  • Is any of the skin dry, cracked or broken?
  • Do you have any pain or discomfort?
  • Do you suffer from cramps when walking?
  • How is your nail health?
  • Do you have any ingrown toenails?
    If you are concerned about anything you see or if you have any pain or discomfort – seek the advice of an expert. Any issues you may be suffering with your feet can be an indication of other health issues within your body. You can do this by contacting your GP or a local podiatrist.

Tips for Maintaining Good Foot Health

Other ways in which you can look after your feet and maintain good foot health are by:

  • Wearing shoes that give your feet good support
  • Checking that you’re wearing the right-sized shoes
  • Stretching your feet daily and before any activity to avoid any injuries
  • Maintaining a healthy weight to reduce any extra pressure on your feet
  • Treating your feet to regular reflexology sessions to help boost the circulation and joint mobility in your feet along with so many other benefits.
    By prioritising and maintaining your foot health you will be investing in your overall wellbeing.
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