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Take a step in the right direction with a great care routine for your feet

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Take a step in the right direction with a great care routine for your feet
Taking good care of your feet can help to reduce common foot problems and minimise the risk of falls, as well as improving your confidence.

There are many ways to keep your feet healthy, from regular bathing routines to finding the right insole, and if you’re getting out and about more often now, this is the perfect time to give your feet some care and attention! Below, you’ll find a few suggestions to help you stay on top of your foot care routine, so you can remain mobile for longer. 

 

Easy ways to keep your toes twinkling

Keeping your feet clean and dry is the simplest way to promote good foot care. You may find it beneficial to wash your feet more regularly than your typical bathing routine, so why not think of this as a pamper session? Not only will it help you to relax, it will also make you feel more confident about the way your feet look and feel. 

Taking care of your nails and keeping them trimmed is also a key element of good foot health and if you experience dry feet, moisturising after showers or baths can help to lock in moisture. 

If you find it painful or awkward to bend, and require some support when washing your feet or trimming your toenails, you may benefit from a long-handled sponge or long-handled scissors to help reduce the distance when stretching down to reach your lower body.

 

These shoes were made for walking

Properly fitting footwear can help to improve your comfort and stability when walking, so it’s important to find shoes that are suitable for your own arch type, foot width and size. When you’re purchasing a new pair of shoes, be sure to look for:

A good back to the shoe to help with stability

A sole which is scored or grooved underside to stop slipping

A low, wide heel base to help stability

Cushioning for comfort

Velcro closures, if laces are unsuitable

Shoes should have non-slip soles to minimise the risk of falling and if you find laces fiddly, you may be best looking for easy-on, easy-off styles that are more comfortable to remove.

Consider the different types of insole

Insoles can offer improved comfort for many different foot types and support health conditions, such as Plantar Fasciitis (pain on the bottom of your foot, around your heel and arch) and Hallux Rigidus (joint pain and stiffness at the base of the big toe), that can cause discomfort due to the shape or movement of the feet. You may be looking for an insole to improve shock absorption, keep the foot aligned, give extra cushioning or help with pain in a certain area of the foot.

If you do experience any common foot conditions, or live with a health condition that affects your feet, it is important to talk to your doctor about which foot care is right for you. If you are looking to buy insoles, there are a few things to consider:

Size – many insoles correlate to shoe sizes for improved fit, but can also differ in thickness and height 

Material – different materials may be suitable for different purposes, e.g. gel can help with shock absorption

Placement and area of support – insoles will offer support in various areas of the feet

At Complete Care Shop you can find a range of insoles from heel elevators to heat mouldable full orthotic insoles that can support a range of needs.  

 

Tips to get your blood pumping

If you experience reduced circulation in your feet or lower legs there are some simple ways you can improve blood flow at home. Lifting your feet up onto a foot rest and massaging the feet can both help to promote good circulation and can help relieve tired and aching feet. 

 

To find more products that can support you and your footcare routine, take a look at the long-handled aids and insoles categories on our Complete Care online shop.


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