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Four tips to get your feet ready for spring

Spring is fast approaching, and we are all excited! If you’ve neglected your feet a little bit this winter, don’t be too worried; it is never too late to get back on track. As the days get warmer and lighter (YAY!), it’s time to soak up some sun and get active. We have easy things for you to do to prepare your feet for spring.

  1. Moisturising

Daily applying moisturiser will get your feet feeling soft and avoid the chance of any painful cracks or splits when the heat of summer dries them out. Our podiatrists recommend using a cream with a small amount of urea in the formulation or coconut oil if you prefer a natural remedy to help with cracked feet. You may have developed hard skin or corns from the pressure of wearing closed shoes for some time. It is a great idea to come in and have us gently remove all the built-up skin from winter. Not only does this improve the aesthetics of your feet, but it ensures they are healthy and breathing. Our podiatrists recommend Walker’s foot cream which contains 25% Urea, this can be found in clinic.

 

  1. Fungal Nail Infections

The weather in Melbourne is constantly changing, especially in spring. It’s common for feet to end the day sweaty in shoes when in the morning they felt great. Working out in the gym over winter to avoid the cold or heading to the indoor pools could have exposed your feet to communal changing rooms, in which you noticed something peculiar on your feet. Be sure to check nails for changes in colour and thickness and skin for redness, flaking and itchiness. Addressing these issues fast with treatment appropriate for the area is essential. For tailored advice, book in with our podiatrists if you are struggling to see improvement. Keryflex nail restoration is an excellent option for nails as it’s an immediate cosmetic improvement but also protects the nail and reduces pathology progression. To learn more about nail, click here. 

  1. Fitting the right shoes for you

Our feet are ever changing, and you should be sure to clean out your old and worn-out shoes. Wearing old worn-out shoes significantly increases the risk of injury. Check the midsole to test if your runners are due for renewal. Check to see if you can bend the shoe in half. If the answer is yes, it might be time to look for new supportive shoes. Be sure to be choosing the right shoe type for your foot type. Proper fitting shoes are essential for healthy feet and the alignment of one’s body and posture.

  1. Addressing old injuries

We all tend to be more active during the warmer months, whether stepping up training and exercise regimes, going for walks around the neighbourhood or exploring more actively. Old injuries holding you back should be addressed promptly and accurately; the sooner injuries are seen, the easier they are to manage and treat. We have a range of treatments available to address injuries, including; shockwave, orthotic therapy and dry needling.

Throughout the month of September we will be going through these tips more thoroughly so be sure to keep an eye out!

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