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Common Foot Conditions and How to Improve Them

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Every part of our bodies needs looking after, but one thing we use more often than most is our feet

From walking around for several hours at a retail job to forgetting to moisturise at the end of the day, feet will suffer, and so naturally, they can develop a range of different problems.

Whether it occurs from injuries or inflammation, there are several things that can lead to foot damage.

Did you know that the feet are made of up to 26 bones each? Making them one of the most complex areas of the body. (*) Humans will roughly walk the equivalent of walking around the world six times in their lifetime (*)

From wearing inappropriate footwear to even simply ageing. Here are a few conditions you could come across and how to treat them:

Athlete's foot

Athlete's foot is probably the most common foot condition you may have heard of or experienced. It is a highly contagious fungal infection of the skin, most often found between the toes. The infection can spread and become extremely uncomfortable - causing itching and discomfort.  

You can catch athletes foot in places where people often walk around barefoot - such as gyms, showers and pools. Wearing damp shoes can encourage the infection to spread across the feet and other areas of the body.

Keeping feet clean and dry is key to prevent athlete's foot. Antifungal treatments are also available in most drugstores as an after-treatment. 

Ingrown toenails

Ingrown toenails will cause a lot of annoyance and discomfort, and if left untreated, they will become infected and sometimes results in needing an operation to remove the nail altogether. They occur when the toenail starts to grow into the nail groove.

If you are not trimming your nails properly, the nail can grow awkwardly. Wearing terribly fitted shoes will encourage an ingrown toenail to occur because they will apply pressure to your feet. 

Make sure you cut your toenails straight across, especially when the nails are soft after bathing. Wash toes with antibacterial soap and make a conscious effort to keep them clean and dry at all times. Do not round your toenails because this will encourage inward growth. 

Plantar fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis, known as Policeman’s heel, is the most common cause of heel pain. The Plantar Fascia is the flat band of tissue (ligament) that connects your heel bone to your toes. It supports the arch of your foot. If you strain your plantar fascia, it gets weak, swollen, and irritated (inflamed).

Our Emu Balm is a topical product containing essential oils which aid painful muscles and joints. It provides all the benefits of Emu Oil, blended with other essential oils known to help assist in reducing pain. 

Rub the balm into the soles of the feet and around the feet up towards the ankle. This will help soothe tight muscles, cramps, pulls and spasms. It helps to reduce fluid retention in damaged tissues as it contains anti-inflammatory properties. The balm is absorbed quickly as it is non-greasy, but will also leave your feet moisturised.

You can also use the balm on legs, helping ease any built-up tension that may have arisen from Plantar Fasciitis.

Tips to keep your feet in good condition:

  • Cut toenails carefully: Make sure to trim your toenails regularly using proper nail clippers. Always cut toenails straight across, as cutting at an angle or down the edges can cause ingrown toenails.
  • Wash often: Wash your feet every day and keep them clean with warm soapy water. 
  • Moisturise and file: Make sure to keep your feet soft and fresh by using moisturiser and filing off dead skin cells. 

Let Lorem help!

It’s important you take care of your feet. Our new foot salts and foot CARE packages are a real treat for the feet. They deal with any dry skin plus reduce any swelling or pain if you have been upright all day. Follow a foot salt bath with our, emu oil to keep your feet soft and to support healthy skin growth. Finally, finish with our emu balm to take away aches and pains.

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