Body Check: Feet – Transcript.
As feet are usually hidden away in shoes it’s easy to forget how important they are. An average person walks 10,000 steps a day, which over a lifetime adds to a lot of wear and tear; so we should give our feet a lot more attention than we do.To give your feet the once over for any problems you can follow this simple check list.
First, check the skin for any changes. If you spot anything that resembles a verruca, athlete’s foot, blisters or corns then speak to your pharmacist about suitable treatments. And make sure to check for signs of in-growing nails as these can lead to discomfort and they may need to be removed. You should also look for differences in shape. Flat feet are common from birth, but if they develop it could be a sign of an underlying problem. Also check for bunions, which can be genetic but are often caused by ill fitting footwear.And it’s essential to include shoes in your check list. Crushed toes, bunions and ankle problems can all stem from footwear so make sure your shoes fit well and are changed regularly.
Dr Christian: Do you wear a lot of heels?
Girl 1: All the time I wouldn’t go out without them.
Dr Christian: How many pairs of heels do you own?
Girl 1: 45
Girl 2: They look like shoes
Dr Christian: Put your foot on there, What do you see?
Girl 2: Your feet
Girl 1: My foot in ten years
Dr Christian: Can you see a sort of… oh look
Girl 2: It’s your feet.
Dr Christian: Yeh
Girl 1: How embarrasssing
Dr Christian: You have to basically put a big chop in there cut that whole bit out, reset it straight again, big operation, very painful.
Girl 2: That is wrong
Dr Christian: Do you want to end up like that?
And note any pain, tingling sensation or numbness that can’t be accounted for, as this could signal something more serious like arthritis or diabetes.
You should also look out for swelling, as this could be a sign of circulation problems, which could stem from diabetes or even a heart condition.
Finally, smell. Stop your feet smelling terrible by keeping them clean and well ventilated, and this means not wearing the same pair of old trainers every day.
For this body check and others featured on the site we want to hear about your findings. So please come back to share your results and discuss them with other site users. If you have any kind of foot pain or persisting problems you should contact your GP or a podiatrist.
Body Check: Feet
In this video Dr Christian talks about the importance of checking your feet. As feet are always hidden away in shoes, it’s easy to forget just how important they are. To check your feet follow Dr Christian’s simple step by step guide.
Check the skin for any changes and look out for anything that resembles athlete’s foot, corns, or verrucas. Also check for ingrown nails as they may need to be removed.
Remember to keep track of any pain, numbness, tingling, swelling or changes in shape, as these could be signs of other underlying conditions.
Add shoes to your checklist as bunions, crushed toes or even ankle problems can all be caused by inappropriate shoes. To avoid smelly feet, change your shoes regularly and keep your feet well ventilated.
From the 15th – 21st April 2009 we conducted a health survey to find out what were the most common problems that afflicted the nation’s feet.
Over 83% of our respondents were female and the vast majority of these were women under 30 years of age. Shockingly, 25% of people who shared their results with us reported suffering from bunions or hammertoes – conditions which can be genetic but are more often caused by ill-fitting footwear and high heals. Both these conditions require some hefty surgery to put right, so give your feet a night off once in a while, and wear flat footwear whenever possible.
20% of people reported suffering from smelly feet – which is normally nothing to worry about but can be combated by ensuring that you change your shoes and socks regularly.
Flat feet affected around 14% of users, with 7.1% reporting swollen feet. Flat feet are common from birth but if they develop suddenly then you should go to your GP as there may be an underlying problem. Swollen feet can be a sign of lymphatic problems but can also be indicative of problems elsewhere in the body – including the heart, so if they persist, get them checked out by your GP.
Tingling feet affected nearly 1 in 6 people, and if this persists then you should definitely get them checked out as it can be a sign of arthritis, or diabetes.
Other results from the survey revealed that:
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