It’s a fact that your feet are important not only for golf, but for everyday life. If your feet hurt then it disrupts every part of your life and can lead to pain and discomfort with every step you take. A quick check on the internet usually gives you an effective solution for your plantar fasciitis, shin splints, achilles tendinitis but what about day-to-day footcare?
Treat your feet with a little respect and you'll notice the difference!
The largest structure by surface area of the body is the skin. It’s responsible for keeping the good stuff inside the body and the bad stuff outside. This is especially true of the skin on the foot as it also is thickened in key areas to help protect the body from injury. To keep your skin working properly it needs to be kept soft and supple to ensure that the friction created between the shoe and its top layer, the epidermis, is minimised. This is best done using foot creams containing Urea as it is proven to penetrate any dry skin and promote healthy skin growth. The only exception to this rule is the skin between the toes. Always keep creams away from this area otherwise the skin becomes macerated (too moist) and fungal infection such as athlete's foot or bacterial infections can take hold.
Ingrowing toenails are often caused by poor nail trimming and are easily avoided by cutting the nail straight across and resisting the temptation to cut down the edges of the nail. If you do get an ingrown toenail, make sure to seek medical advice straight away from a podiatrist becauses if you leave it untreated it will get worse.
Get professional advice. Go and see a podiatrist if you are having any problems with the skin of your feet and let them sort you out - you won’t believe the difference.