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Footcare becomes even more important when you move into your 60s and for anyone with an illness such as diabetes or varicose veins. Diabetes can cause numbness in the feet and if an infection sets in, patients often experience no symptoms as their feet are numb - and this can mean that the infection spreads quickly and this is why a huge number of patients with diabetes end up having to have their foot or feet amputated. It's generally recommended that patients who do have diabetes or varicose veins book a regular appointment with a chiropodist or their GP just to make sure that their feet are in good health - but there are a number of things that you can do at home to ensure that your feet are in good condition.
- Try to maintain a healthy weight. Too much weight, especially as you get older, exerts a huge amount of pressure on your knees, joints and feet. The more you weigh, the worse your feet will fare - plus, if you're not particularly mobile, you'll find it really difficult to keep your feet and toes healthy, so it's important to maintain your weight so that you can stay on your feet.
- Keep as mobile as you can. Try to avoid standing or sitting for long periods of time as this can cause fluid to pool in your feet. If you do find it difficult to walk around, make sure you spend at least a few minutes each day circling your ankles and curling your toes back and forth.
- Don't cross your legs whilst sitting down.
- If your doctor advises you to, make sure that you wear support stockings - they can mean the difference between life and death in a number of cases, so it's really important that you wear them on the advice of your doctor.
- If you're ever concerned about the health of your feet, see your doctor. If you're not mobile or if you're not able to take a look at your feet yourself, make sure that you ask someone to help or have regular foot checkups.
Give Your Feet a Rest
Many of us wear high heels, and although they are beautiful, they can be really detrimental to the health of your feet - especially if you wear them every single day. Give your feet a rest every other day in soft, supportive and flat shoes. If you absolutely have to wear them everyday, make sure that you take them off as soon as you get home and swap them for some comfy slippers. Alternatively, carry a pair of flats in your bag and switch your high heels over as soon as you get out of the office.
Following our tips will keep your feet in tip-top condition - but if you're ever concerned, see your doctor.