Your feet – look after them!


May 1, 2021

Our feet might be one of the most important parts of our bodies! They enable us to walk, run, and jump to wherever we want. Unfortunately, due to those activities, especially if combined with poor shoes, can lead to a variety of injuries. Some injuries even render us unmovable. Corns and calluses, for instance, can become so painful that we’re unable to walk anymore. If you start getting them, don’t hesitate to change your shoes, health is by far more important! Cracked heels are repeated microtrauma at the back of your foot and they occur when wearing shoes like flip-flops, clogs, and such. Your feet – look after them because they’re unanimously useful!

If you want to learn more, keep reading the article!

Locked up in shoes that are often unsuitable, our feet are put to a severe test. Unfortunately, they can suffer from a variety of injuries.

Corns and calluses

They can become so painful when walking that they end up becoming disabling. To stop the horn formation process, the source of the aggression must be eliminated. Don’t hesitate to change your shoes when you feel that they are causing excessive pressure and friction. In all cases, avoid sanding, which is felt as aggression by the skin. It reactivates the phenomenon of hyperkeratinization. The use of sharp tools to remove corns or calluses should be avoided: the risk of injury is too great. Finally, the application of coercive should be avoided as it can lead to the burning of the epidermis in a healthy area.

There are now products that protect the injured areas by reducing pressure and friction, adapted to the different areas of the toes.

Cracked heels and worn out plantar pads

Corns and calluses are not the only ailments your feet can suffer from. Heel cracks are the result of repeated microtrauma on the back of the foot, produced by the impact of the heel against the sole. They are accentuated when wearing tap shoes (mules, clogs, flip-flops). As with corns and calluses, in the face of these recurrent attacks, the skin sets in motion a defense reaction: hyperkeratinization, creating a mass of horn that can split and form cracks. This provides a breeding ground for infection. To avoid this type of problem, do not wear shoes like flip-flops, which attack the heel, and preferably choose shoes with a heel counter. In the event of cracks, do not use a rasp but prefer a special dressing for cracked heels and/or the application of a repairing cream to encourage their resorption.

Enfin, the plantar pads, cushions located under the front of the foot, often deteriorate due to intensive sports practice, certain illnesses, the wearing of high-heeled shoes, and also age. To limit this damage, walk barefoot as often as possible. If you feel burning under the front of your feet when you walk, use footpads to distribute the pressure on this area.

If you notice any significant deformities, see a podiatrist for expert advice and possible orthopedic products for your feet.

People with diabetes should also be especially vigilant, as a callus or crack can lead to a perforating injury and can develop dramatically. Seamless dressings are recommended. Regular consultation with a podiatrist is essential.

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