Autumn Foot Care Tips- From The Dublin City Foot Clinic

Farewell Summer …….Its “Crunch Time”Autumn Foot Care Tips

So that’s it, another summer flies off into the ever fast approaching sunsets. Well, it’s not been too bad really, at least we got all had a chance (albeit fleetingly) to air our sandals and flip flops.  Our chiropodists at the Dublin City Foot Clinic have been busy preparing our clients for the annual pilgrimage to warmer climes, even if that is only Killarney !! Now, our thoughts turn to the dreaded “closed in shoe” or heaven forbid even boots, Aghhhhhh,,, if the weather requires warm legs & ankles !!
So, here are some tips from our expert chiropodists at the Dublin City Foot Clinic you may find useful as we head into the darker evenings and falling leaves:

Socks: Wear a thicker sock that allows your foot to breathe; it is important to wear socks that promote good air circulation while also being absorbent enough for perspiration also where possible try to buy a cotton rich (>70%) sock.

Dry your feet properly: This may sound like an obvious statement.  However, although our chiropodists mainly see fungal foot infections (Tinea Pedis) during the summer months, it is also important to keep feet dry during autumn and winter (especially as these are very wet times of year).  Damp feet promote the growth of fungal and bacterial infections.  Therefore, ensure you dry the area between the toes since this is where athlete’s foot infections most commonly develop.

Footwear advice: In general try to wear a shoe or boot that has a good rounded toe box that allows the toes to wriggle comfortably.  At the same time, foot wear should fit properly so that the foot is secure.  Choose leather and suede over synthetic material since natural materials allow air circulation to the foot.  Look for foot wear with adequate traction.  Remember; always buy your shoes in the evening, as it’s not uncommon for your feet to swell a little during the day, especially if you do a lot of standing.

Moisturise, moisturise and moisturise:  During the winter months, it is advisable to use an extra moisturiser on the feet.  Something as simple as Aqueous cream in the morning and evening (concentrate on your heels) can prevent heel cracks and fissures that are painful and are prone to infection.  Do not however, use a moisturiser between toes since added moisture encourages bacterial and fungal skin infections.

Get regular foot checks / treatments: We would generally recommend nail care every 8-10 weeks, our fully qualified podiatrists at the Dublin City Foot Clinic treat all types of foot conditions, so don’t worry if you think you have “the worst feet ever” (we hear this all the time), we can help, advise and treat even the worst ones !!