FOOT HEALTH: Strong base for the whole body.

Strong base for the whole body.

The importance of keeping our feet in good working order is becoming more and more popular and important for the bigger amount of people. But still quite a lot should be  to be done to communicate this message – FOOT HEALTH: Strong base for the whole body -to the public.

Healthy feet are vital for mobility. In their lifetime, the average person walks approximately 610,000 km. But all too often, we do not place the same emphasis on looking after our feet as we do on other parts of our body. “Keeping your feet healthy should be part of your daily routine,” says Sarah Curran, principal lecturer in podiatry at Cardiff Metropolitan University. “Just because they are furthest away from your eyes should not mean you neglect them!

Prevention is better than cure. Once trouble sets in, “a painful foot or leg can be totally debilitating,” warns Richard Leigh, head of podiatry at London’s Royal Free Hospital and a specialist in diabetic foot problems. And because our feet are so essential for keeping mobile and independent, when something goes wrong it can be a psychological strain too.

“Loss of mobility can have a major psychological impact on an individual,” says Jim Bolton, a fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists who helps people deal with the psychological consequences of physical illness. “[This] may include loss of independence, loss of normal roles such as parenting or employment, and loss of confidence.” Indeed, psychiatric disorders, especially anxiety and depression, are more than twice as common in people with long-term physical illnesses compared with the general population.

Given how much we rely on our feet, perhaps it is unsurprising that, as Curran points out, “many of us at some point in our lives will experience foot problems”. Almost a third of consultations for musculoskeletal problems relate to pain in the foot and ankle!

DIABETES.

Better education about foot care is important, especially for people with specific conditions that can affect the feet.  For example, those, who have diabetes. These people should check their feet and to be warned not to buy over-the-counter corn plasters, “because of the lack of sensation the acid within the plaster can do damage that we won’t be aware of”.

“Diabetes affects the feet in several ways,” says Rachel Berrington, a specialist diabetes nurse based in Leicester. She explains that high sugar levels can damage both sensory and motor nerves (neuropathy) and blood vessels (peripheral arterial disease). This means that not only can people with diabetes be at greater risk of injuring themselves because they are less sensitive to pain, heat and cold, and where their joints are in space, they can also be slower to heal because of a poor blood supply.

Leigh says that not everyone with diabetes suffers from nerve and blood vessel damage. “In those cases it’s a matter of getting their feet checked annually,” he says. But those who do have damage or who have previously suffered from ulceration should be seen in a high-risk clinic and have easy access to specialist foot care. “There should be a pathway in place that says if the patient has a problem, they can get to the hospital multidisciplinary team and that should be within 24 hours.”

He thinks it is worth pharmacists being aware of relative risk in people with diabetes. “They should be asking whether the patient knows their risk stratification,” he suggests.

“Pharmacists, like every healthcare professional, have a role when advising about good foot health for people with diabetes, as they are often the first port of call,” says Berrington. She has some specific suggestions for how people with diabetes should care for their feet. “Checking their feet every day is essential,” she says. She also suggests that people “never walk barefoot to prevent standing on anything that could traumatise the foot”. From a similar perspective, Curran adds that it is important to “always check inside the footwear before putting it on”.

LloydsPharmacy offers a free foot check service, where people with diabetes are advised to have their toenails cut by a podiatrist and to have regular check-up appointments; “almost like how you have a hygienist appointment once every six months,” says Muorah. This is made easier for her patients because there is an integrated podiatry clinic within the pharmacy.

 

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GEELILAKKAUKSEN POISTAMINEN

MITEN GEELILAKKAUS POISTETAAN?

Geelilakkauksen valmistajat sanovat, että lakkaus ei kestä enempää kuin 2-3 viikkoa ja siihen on tietty syy. Kovetettu geelilakka lisää oman kynnen päällä olevaa painoa. Tästä ei ole haittaa, silloin kun suurin paino on tukevasti sormen päällä olevalla kynnen keskiosalla. Kynnen kasvaessa geelilakkaus ja sen painopiste siirtyy eteenpäin. 2-3 viikon jälkeen painopiste siirtyy sormen ulkopuolelle ja se altistaa geelilakkauksen alla olevan luonnollisen kynnen murtumille. Tämän vuoksi on suositeltavaa, että geelilakkaus poistetaan vähintään 3 viikon kuluttua. 💙Geelilakkaus voidaan poistaa kahdella eri tavalla. 🥇Ensimmäinen on ammattilaisen suorittama koneellinen poisto. Toimenpide kestää noin 10 minuuttia. Turvallisuussyistä koneellista poistoa ei suositella harrastelijakäyttöön. 🥈Toinen vaihtoehto on geelilakkauksen kemiallinen poisto. Siihen voidaan käyttää asetonia sisältäviä lakkauksen poistoaineita tai muita akryyli- tai geelikynsilakkojen poistamiseen tarkoitettuja aineita.Kemiallinen poisto kestää noin 30 minuuttia kynnen pituudesta riippuen.

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Taking care of your feet

Taking care of the feet.

First of all we should remember! WE fit the shoe to the foot, not the foot to the shoe. Professionals suggest having your feet measured for width as well as length. Or, if you want to get more creative, stand on a piece of paper and trace around the shape of your foot. Then place your shoe on top — if you can see any foot tracing lines overhanging the shoe then this shoe is too narrow or not the right shape for you. Another tip is going shoe shopping in the afternoon after any natural swelling has occurred.

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Then there is the question of heels.It’s said, that high-heeled shoes can lead to an increase in foot pain and the development of painful corns and calluses,  referring to a study of just under 100 women between the age of 40 and 66. However, the study also showed that wearing heels did not seem to lead to any statistically significant increases in deformities or joint disease on x-ray.

However, everybody has a different type of foot.  Whether looking for sports or dress shoes, you need to find what suits you. For example, you can choose a different heel which is more comfortable for the foot. You might have a larger surface area heel with platforms so you’re getting that height but you’re not getting [such an] angle.

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If finding the right shoes to support your feet is a struggle, there is always the option of orthotics. These are inserts fitted into the shoe that can help reduce or redistribute pressure in the foot and provide support for correct foot function.

What is becoming quite significant is that off-the-shelf, pre-fabricated orthoses are just as beneficial as custom-made orthoses. There was a study that analysed the effects of a mass market insole. Although it was a small sample, the team found that the use of the insole — which is designed to improve the function of the first metatarsophalangeal joint (the big joint of the big toe) — led to a probable increase in walking efficiency as well as comfort.

BUT! If you wear orthotics or arch supports these will not work properly if your gastrocnemius muscles are tight.  Professionals recommend regular calf stretching.

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As well as correct footwear, cleaning and keeping toenails trimmed are important aspects of foot care. Although feet should be cleaned daily, soaking them can destroy the natural oils in the skin and should be avoided. Furthermore, make sure you dry your feet well and pay particular attention to areas between the toes as this can potentially create athlete’s foot.

Foot care can become more difficult as people get older. Reaching down to cut toenails and clean and moisturise feet can be challenging, and this population is more likely to have underlying conditions, such as diabetes or arthritis. Furthermore, people often gain weight as they get older. Usually, family member can help with cutting toenails and, if that is not an option, many of the  local organisations offer toenail-cutting services for people over 50. Taking care of feet is important part of sustaining movability.

And SLIPPERS. Podiatrists are against wearing slippers. “They can become sloppy, are unsupportive, and individuals run the risk of tripping and falling over”.

Another issue for some older people is a reluctance to seek help if they have foot pain. “Older generations were copers, they just got on with it,”.

But, please, let’s stop it!  Foot pain should not be seen as an inevitable part of ageing.

 

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Pantone’s Spring 2018 Classic Color Palette.

 Classic Color Palette 2018

Classic colors are always popular, and the classic colors forecasted in the  2018 color trends will be no different. Even if a minimalist or capsule collection were created with the classic color palette, it would be absolutely beautiful. The  2018 classic colors from Pantone are smooth, rich and creamy as applicable and will seamlessly work alone or in any other collection.

#1. Pantone 19-4034 Sailor Blue

Sailor Blue is a deep rich color that is very near to Navy Blue but just different enough to stand alone. Amusingly, the color is stated as “anchoring” in the Pantone spring 2018 color trend report, but as a deep and rich color it does exactly that.

#2. Pantone 14-4202 Harbor Mist

Harbor Mist is a soft gray tone that is stylish and chic. Described as a dove gray, the color is meant to be and succeeds as a solid calming addition to the spring 2018 color palette.

#3. Pantone 15-1214 Warm Sand

Warm Sand is a stunning neutral color for spring 2018 that is sure to be featured in a ton of incredible looks. Several shades of sand are already popular, but the shade of Warm Sand is a gap-bridging neutral tone that will look good across several seasons and styles.

#4. Pantone 11-0608 Coconut Milk

Coconut Milk is the perfect bridge between white and off-white. The color looks clean and chic. Coconut Milk is very popular, and the color is bound to be equally so. White is not known for being a soft color, but Coconut Milk is an incredibly soft looking white.

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