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Nurse Mobile Foot Clinic

A step to healthy feet - Tel: 0777 637 5988

Anthony Trussler

Thanks Teresa after suffering for years with gammy feet I'm finally on the road to sorting them out many thanks see you in 4 weeks

HOW TO LOOK AFTER YOUR FEET

Encourage the family to be proactive in finger and toe nail care

File callus (hard skin) use a nail file or pumice stone before washing feet.

Wash your feet regularly with warm water and soap, do not soak them for longer than 5 minutes.

Dry carefully, especially between the toes.

Do not force them apart as this may split the skin.

If you have a build up of moist skin between the toes apply surgical spirit using a cotton bud.

Do not use talc.

Improve skin conditions by applying a moisturising cream on the tops & bottom of the foot but not between the toes.

If possible continue using cream up the leg. This also helps the circulation.

Never use corn plasters or paints – they do more harm than good

Wear clean hosiery daily.

FOOT HEALTH ADVICE FOR CHAIR-BOUND INDIVIDUALS

Even though a person may be quite immobile and confined to a chair for much of the time it is important to take care of their feet. Footwear - chair bound people can tend to get swollen feet so it is important to check that their footwear, or socks/stockings are not too tight and can expand to allow for any swelling. A bootee slipper with a Velcro fastening is ideal for this, or even a warm, thick sock. Positioning - feet left continually on the ground without being moved could end up with severe circulatory problems and should therefore be raised off the ground as often as possible. This can be achieved by placing them on a stool or foot- rest so that they are on the same level or higher than the bottom.

FOOT HEALTH ADVICE FOR BED BOUND INDIVIDUALS

Hygiene is important. Wash the feet daily and check particularly between the toes. Make sure they are dried properly in between the toes and that there is no soggy skin present to harbour germs and cause infection. Check around the heels as this is the area where they could get bedsores. If the heels do get sore they can be rubbed well with a moisturising cream. To keep the weight of the bedclothes from the feet a bed cradle can be used, or an empty cardboard box.

SOME USEFUL FOOT EXERCISES

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