Your Annual Foot Care Review: 2022 Check Up

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“The really important thing is not to live, but to live well… and to live well means the same thing as to live honourably or rightly.” – Socrates

Article Authors: Gordon Slater| Tandose Sambo 

Happiness and health are the results of great knowledge. The end of any year is the perfect time to review how you feel in terms of your orthopaedic health. Health tracking is a great way to ensure that you are accomplishing your goals. Keeping an orthopaedic journal is a great way to chronicle your progress. 

If your feet are healthy, you may still want to identify a routine that ensures that you stay healthy. Good foot health means that you have done something right to keep your feet in optimum condition. If you notice that there are opportunities to improve your foot health, then talk to your orthopaedic specialist about a path that you can take in order to improve your health.

Here are a few practices to utilise during the holidays and beyond, that will ensure that you have happy feet during this festive time. 

  1. Daily Foot Inspection: Your feet work hard for you every day. Make sure that you take the time to take care of them. The best time for you to inspect your feet is right before bedtime, as you unwind for the day. During the mornings you are often primed to tackle the responsibilities of the day. Once the work day ends, you have to remind yourself to unwind and return to a state of calm. After your calming evening shower, you can take the time to check your feet for any bruises, swelling or ingrown toenails that can affect the health of your feet. A great tool to have is a hand held mirror, so that you can see the base of your feet, and hard to reach areas such as your heels. You can also have your partner check for you. It is the little things that keep you healthy.
  1. Circulation is the key to healthy feet: The blood vessels in your body are cylindrical tubes that facilitate the flow of your blood throughout your body. Washing your feet daily with warm water will facilitate the dilation of your blood vessels, and improve the circulation of your blood. With more blood flow, you can heal faster as more nutrients are available to your organs. Make the experience more special, by making it more spa-like. If you so desire, you can add essential oils to your bath and raise the healing therapeutic properties of the water. Wash your feet with a soft washcloth, and carefully dry them after your bath.
  1. Take Care of Your Skin: The skin on your feet needs attention and care. Skin loves and needs moisture in order to heal itself. After washing and drying your feet,  use your favourite moisturising cream such as Eucerin or Vaseline to keep your skin moisturized and minimize the occurrence of dryness or cracking. Aromatherapy options such as lavender infused, or eucalyptus infused lotions will work wonders for your health.  Air dry your feet to minimize fungal infections. 
  1. Schedule weekly pedicures: Now that the pandemic is lifting, you can actually schedule regular pedicures for yourself. With the current inflationary conditions, to minimize the costs of self care, you can  research how to conduct your own at home pedicures. Stop by your local beauty supply store or pharmacy, and stock up on any essentials that you may need. These essentials include nail clippers, a nail file, a foot soak such as Epsom Salts, and foot lotion. If you are female, you may purchase a few nail polishes that will complement your style. When you’re cutting your toenails, ensure that they are cut straight and filed. Do what you can to minimize the occurrence of ingrown toenails, because the induced cuts can lead to ulcers. If you see a cut or wound, see your doctor. 
  1. Invest in a foot spa. Purchasing a foot spa is a great investment for your feet. With the current end of year sales, you will be able to acquire a foot spa at a very affordable price. Occasions such as Black Friday or even in the After Christmas Sales, are the best time to get a spa for your weekly pedicures. Ask your orthopaedic specialist if there are any other supplies that you can stock up on during this season. It is always a great idea to be prepared. 

Staying healthy is a continuous process, and it is always a great idea to keep upgrading your foot care routine. What gets scheduled, will get managed. As with all medical conditions, do consult with your orthopaedic surgeon, in order to ensure that you are getting the appropriate care.

Your health is your wealth! Have a great rest of 2022!!

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Dr. Gordon Slater

Dr. Slater is one of the first foot and ankle surgeons in Australia to adopt minimally invasive surgical techniques. He routinely uses MIS to treat a range of conditions, including bunions.

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Dr Gordon Slater is a highly-skilled surgeon specialising in foot and ankle conditions and sports injuries. Dr Slater is one of the first foot and ankle surgeons in Australia to adopt minimally invasive surgical techniques. He routinely uses MIS to treat a range of conditions, including bunions. MIS  has many advantages including shorter operating times, reduced post-operative pain, reduced risk of infection, minimal scarring and better cosmetic outcomes.

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