WHAT IS SELF-CARE / SELF-HELP?
Self-care or self-help is precisely what it says – someone helping or caring for themselves. Regarding feet, the concept of self-help / self-care is often lost once the services of a chiropodist/podiatrist are enlisted. But the onus of care should always stay with the person whose feet require help. This guarantees that any problems are noticed early, and that neglect is not a contributing factor to the deterioration of these problems. If proper advice is followed, self-help / self-care also means increased safety for both normal and at-risk feet.
Health First has always been an advocate of good self-help / self-care by only selling items that are safe for home use together with support from an experienced State Registered Chiropodist / Podiatrist.
HEALTH FIRST’S FOOT CARE ADVICE
Before washing your feet, use a safe foot file on hard or dry skin or calluses or corns - Our Dual Foot File is one of the best available for this. Wash your feet daily in warm soapy water and dry thoroughly, paying particular attention to the spaces between the toes; use a cotton bud, if necessary, to make sure these areas are completely dry. Then apply a good quality moisturising cream. Long cotton-wool buds and Flexitol moisturising foot cream are available on our website.
Change hosiery daily, and try to alternate use of different shoes from day-to-day. If you are unable to cut your own toenails or have been advised against doing so, then our Dual Foot File or Diamond Deb File can once again prove beneficial. They are the safest foot files available, and help to keep nails short, provided filing is done regularly: