Looking after our feet is essential for our well-being and comfort. However, we often don’t give them the care they deserve. Some of the most common footcare issues are;
- Athlete’s foot
- Painful feet
Athlete’s foot is a very common fungal infection that involves the skin of the toes and foot. It is particularly common in teenagers (especially boys), although it can occur at any age. It is often contracted from changing room floors, swimming pools and by sharing towels. The fungus causes feet to become itchy with red, flaky skin that may peel in some areas. These symptoms will often start in between the toes with an itch and will spread from there if not treated.
We recommend treating athlete’s foot with an anti-fungal such as Lamisil Once cream. This will kill the fungus and is very convenient. It is applied to all the toes and the rest of the foot and left on the skin for 24 hours as a once off treatment. Other steps we recommend helping prevent re occurrence of the infection include;
- Dry the feet properly after showering or bathing
- Wear cotton socks
- Sprinkle Daktarin powder into the socks
- Wear flip-flops in changing rooms
Verruca are a type of wart, generally found on the sole of the foot and will show as a small, flat white area often with a black dot at its centre. They can sometimes be painful when pressure is put on them. A verruca will often occur after barefoot contact with contaminated changing room or swimming pool floors.
We recommend treating a verruca with Scholl Freeze Verruca and Wart Treatment (suitable for 4yrs and over). A single treatment maybe sufficient, although verrucae sometimes need more than one application.
We would advise the use of flip-flops and/or swimming socks to prevent the occurrence or spreading of verrucae.
A corn is a small circle of thick skin on the foot (generally on the side of the toes) that tends to be caused by friction from footwear. The skin can build up in thickness in response this friction and can cause discomfort when pressed upon when walking.
We recommend treating a troublesome corn with Scholl 2 in1 Corn Express Pen which should provide a visible improvement in 5 days. It may be also advisable to wear different shoes and avoid tight-fitting or narrow-toed shoes, this can include some high-heels.
Blisters on the feet are most commonly caused by ill-fitting footwear or socks. They can cause quite a lot of pain and discomfort. However, they can be treated quite easily.
Compeed Blister Patches are a great remedy for blisters on the feet. These will provide cushioning and soothing for the affected area of the foot. They will stay in place for several days to allow healing. If you have a big upcoming social event such as a wedding, you may be able to prevent blisters by using Scholl Party Feet. These work by preventing the friction on vulnerable areas of the feet and are very effective.
Foot pain can have a variety of different causes. It is important to establish what is causing the pain. Your pharmacist will be able to help you with this. Sometimes the pain will be caused by inflammation which can be treated with Voltarol Emulgel Extra Strength. In other instances, a foot or ankle support will help the pain and aid healing. For those on their feet all day a good quality insole such as Scholl Gel Activ Work will make for more comfortable feet.
If you or are a family member are a diabetic it is vital that you make footcare a priority. Sometimes a diabetic patient has less sensitivity in their feet due to nerve damage associated with the disease. Any people with diabetes should consult with their pharmacist or GP before treating any foot problems.
If you are experiencing any discomfort with your feet and need advice, don’t hesitate to speak to the Pharmacist in any of our stores. We’re here to help.
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