Self-Isolation Foot Care Advice – how to care for your feet when you are self-isolating
Self-isolation = Self care
For most of us this period of self isolation can be very daunting as we try to keep disciplined in sticking to a solid routine. Most probably the least of your concerns would be having a daily regime of care for your feet. However, we are aware that most, if not all, clinics and practices are closed, which could make you anxious if you are used to regular appointments. So, what could you be doing in this time of self isolation to look after your feet yourself?
The majority of patients that we see at Kenilworth Footcare attend for what we call routine podiatry. This means foot problems such as hard skin, corns, fungal toe nails, ingrowing toe nails, athlete’s foot and verrucae. We see patients between 6 to 8 weeks in which the appointment consists of detailed and thorough treatment, which gives the foot problem what I term as a clean page, a bit like going for a haircut and it grows again in a few weeks.
Between these appointments as a Podiatrist we really emphasize on taking care of your feet, this means that you are controlling your foot problem symptoms which shows progress on the next appointment. This could be as simple as putting foot cream on daily and the result is less hard skin and less discomfort before your next 6 weekly appointment.
With this in mind based on the current national situation as we are not taking regular podiatry appointments, therefore it is very important to care for your feet.
Here is a list of basic Self-Isolation Footcare tips (morning to evening), that will maintain your feet and keep you active and healthy:
- Before your feet touch the ground in the morning- rotate your ankles forwards,backwards, left and right, for 10 seconds on each foot (This increases your circulation to your feet and activates your foot, ankle and leg muscles. Less chances of foot cramps, spasms and muscle strain.)
- You can enjoy your breakfast!
- Whilst you are brushing your teeth- tip toe on both feet by holding on the sink (with the hand that is not doing the brushing!), hold the stretch for 30 seconds, do this twice
- After you had a shower- use a tissue to dry between your toes (reduces the chances of athlete’s foot)
- File your toenails upwards towards the direction of growth with a foot file, this will smooth rough edges
- File any areas of hard skin or dry skin
- Use a mirror to check your feet- if there are any breaks in the skin, cover it with a plaster and give us a call
- Wait!…Before you put your socks on- keep your dedicated bottle of foot cream where you keep your socks as a reminder, place the foot cream on both feet from the heels to the toes and avoiding between the toes
- Socks – ensure your socks are a comfortable fabric If you have skin that is sensitive it is best to use the socks inside out as the seam can leave a mark on the toes. Try and use non elasticated socks, most retailers supply them.
- Slippers – ensure your slippers have enough space for your toes to wiggle, the heel area is comfortable, and I know it may not be trendy but it is wise to have a Velcro strap. Understandably if this is cramping your style, you can always use a new clean pair of trainers.
- Watching TV – (whilst sat on your sofa) pretend you are curling your toes and then roll a tennis ball on the entire sole of the foot. This prevents heel pain and keeps the joints supple.
- Walking may be limited whilst you are self-isolating, but even doing a couple of laps of the garden or walking up and down stairs a few times is better than nothing and will give your circulation a boost.
But remember, if you have any concerns we are still here for you. Email and phone messages are being checked regularly and our new online consultation service is also available via the Book Now page on the website