By Health Shield | Posted 15th April 2016 | Blog
You can carry the weight of the world on your shoulders sometimes, but it is your feet that carry the full load. Looking after them all year round is important, but in preparation for the summer months let’s make sure you look your best. Remember a Health Shield health cash plan covers chiropody treatment so you can provide extra them with added protection. Our chiropody benefit means you can claim cashback for chiropody assessments, treatments and also podiatry treatments.
Human feet are taken for granted, which is why it is recommended everyone see a podiatrist or chiropodist regularly. They can prevent, diagnose and treat any problems that occur including relieving pain, removing skin, nail surgery and even musculoskeletal assessments. Did you know that the average person walks the equivalent of 5 times around the world in their lifetime and that 2 million sick days a year are lost due to lower limb disorders?
There are so many things that need to be take into consideration to look after feet and a lot of it can depend on the job you do. Everyone needs to ensure they are wearing the right shoes that fit correctly, but how can you ensure you have great feet to show off during the summer whilst looking after your everyday health and wellbeing? Take advantage of any access to chiropody treatment covered by Health Shield on their health cash plan but what else.
A lot of people have a phobia of feet, or maybe just a general dislike of them, but it is a much more pleasant experience to see someone with feet that are obviously well taken care of. Not to mention the problems that can arise in general health if they aren’t treated with the care they need. Knee pain, back pain, hip pain to name but a few.
Follow our tips now to avoid pain later.
- Dry feet properly – Parents may have said this all the time whilst growing up but it’s true. Ensuring they are dry after a bath or shower, especially between the toes, prevents the germs that cause Athletes foot from breeding. A good foot cream must then applied, not a body lotion.
- Remove hard skin – This is a common problem and can be easily fixed. With damp feet use a pumice stone or foot file regularly. A chiropodist can help with this too if it is bad enough to require treatment. If you have this benefit on your Health Shield health cash plan you can claim cashback on your visit.
- Avoid ingrown toenails – These are caused by careless cutting of the toenails. Always ensure they are cut straight and not on an angle. Failure to do so could result in time off work for operations.
- Use clean socks – change socks daily. Simple.
- Wear comfortable shoes – Especially around the office if this is where you work. If you wear heels ensure they are a good height no more than 4 inches, and vary them daily.
- Don’t over wear flip flops – They do not support the foot causing heel and arch pain.
- Over 60? Take more care – The older people get the more care feet need. Over time skin thins and joints can stiffen, whilst people can become more vulnerable to the cold weather.
There are many exercises that can be done on a daily basis in order to keep feet looking and feeling their best too.
For many professions keeping them healthy and flexible is key, if you are on your feet all day, if you are a builder or a police officer for example. So, for good exercise, ensure to circle both feet 10 times each way keeping legs as still as possible. Perhaps try circling the alphabet! Walking on a flat surface barefoot will also help exercise the feet, but ensure to check them afterwards. Circulation can become an issue if you are on your feet all day so please ensure to flex feet up and down to increase the blood flow, and when they get home – relax and elevate their feet above the head and heart for 15 minutes.
If you are a Health Shield member, check your health cash plan to see if you are entitled to claim chiropody/podiatry treatments and help keep those feet looking good for summer.
*Members will need to ensure they visit a practitioner with the relevant accepted qualifications in order for their claim to be processed.