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Keeping your feet beautiful during the winter

The degrees of the thermometer may be raging and the hot summer days are a mere memory. It can be tempting to keep warm and stuff your feet in cozy socks and boots until the hot weather goes to spring.

Did you know that our feet need as much nursing in the winter as they do in the summer to avoid all sorts of problems like cracked heels, dry, scaly soles and hard skin build? So what specific steps do you need to take to make sure your feet stay healthy and beautiful in the winter?

1. Use the right socks and shoes

When our feet go through extreme temperatures, from very cold to very hot, it can destroy the moisture level in our skin and wipe out our soles of the feet, which can sometimes lead to painful cracked heels.

To prevent your feet from drying out, be sure to use the correct type of shoes to keep your feet at the right temperature and wear cotton overalls to protect your feet from the cold.

2. Avoid extreme temperatures

It may feel wonderful to keep your cool feet close to a crackling fire, resting on a warm element or even warming them in a hot bath. But all of these things will dry your skin even more.

They will extract important moisture from your feet that can lead to really dry, dehydrated soles and cracked heels.

If you can not resist the desire to warm your feet in a warm water bath, make sure you add a moisturizing footbath like Scholl Velvet Smooth Footbath which contains green caviar, marine serum and E vitamin that softens and soothes dry feet. Your feet grow healthy and lame while pampering yourself with a nice treatment in the winter. It does not just feel nice, it also warms your feet.

3. Humidify daily

Using a moisturizing foot lotion every day in winter is an important part of a good foot care routine if you want to stop the build up of hard skin and cracked heels. After bathing or shower, massage Scholl Velvet Smooth Intensive Serum all over your feet. The hyaluronic acid and the green caviar tackle hard skin with direct results.

4. Remove dead skin every week

You may think that a footer is only needed during the summer months when you want to show your feet? However, with regular use in winter, a footer (such as Scholl Velvet Smooth Electronic Footplate with Diamond Crystals) can keep your feet soft and lame. For quick results without much effort, replace your regular footer with the Scholl Velvet Smooth Electronic Photo File with Diamond Crystals, an electric footer with roller head with micro abrasives that helps to wipe hard skin easily and quickly so you can be ready for each Christmas and New Year’s party – even on a one-minute notice!

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Are the other toes longer than the big toe? 5 things you need to know about your feet

Your feet say more about you than you think.

The length of your toes can reveal future health threats, the appearance of the feet can reveal hidden diseases and did you know that they actually grow the older you become?

Inspired by Prevention, we highlight 5 things you should know about your fossils.

1. Never walk barefoot in a public shower

You’ve probably heard it before. Entering barefoot in the gym’s changing room or shower room is like praying for athlete’s foot. The fungus is stormed by the moisture and it is no coincidence that it is called “athlete’s foot” in English.

2. The foot reveals a lot about your health

Has the hair on the toe suddenly disappeared? Or is the skin suddenly thinner and more shiny? Then it may be a sign that something is wrong. Including poor circulation as a result of atherosclerosis in the legs. This can in the worst case lead to heart problems or strokes. Extremely dry skin and wounds that refuse healing can be undiagnosed diabetes.

3. Which toe is the longest?

The most common foot shape is the so-called “Egyptian foot” where the big toe is the longest toe of the foot. But for less than 10 percent of the world’s population this is not true. For those with “Greek foot” it is instead toe number two, or the pector, which is furthest.

Unfortunately, this is linked to a number of health problems.

You may, among other things, suffer from a so-called hammer joint, where one or more toes is curved, and also risks back problems.

This because the balance of the foot becomes different. Therefore, be careful about the shoes you choose because the trouble may be worse.

4. Your feet grow

No, there is no point of view. Your feet can actually grow bigger with age – both in length and width.

The reason is that tendons and ligaments between the legs of the foot lose elasticity. You may therefore need to measure your feet as often as once a year to find the right shoes.

5. Look out for nail fungus!

Are your toenails discolored and thick? Then there is the risk that you suffer from nail fungus. Fortunately, it’s possible to cure, but the risk of recurrence is high so you do the right to take care of your toenails with appropriate creams to prevent it.

Be sure to keep your feet dry and stay away from sweaty socks.

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8 things you can do every day for the well being of your feet

Your feet are responsible for keeping up your entire body weight every day. Therefore you can probably think it’s very important to have good feet.

Your feet as well as your legs take you from one place to another, and support you as you go through life.

But despite the importance they are, we often forget them until something interferes with us.

If you neglect them, you may begin to experience dryness, fungal, agitation and other problems.

And because some shoe material is uncomfortable or annoying, you can have painful sores or blisters on your feet.

Fortunately, there are lots of things you can do every day to protect them.

Today, we’ll share the eight best tips for getting healthy feet.

1. Do stretch exercises

As you work out, you probably forget that your feet also need training!

The muscles tend to be tight and can eventually cause pain, ulcers and other uncomfortable problems.

Fortunately, there are strengthening exercises designed specifically for feet, which make them relaxed at the same time.

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Some exercises are:

To touch and bend the toes
To lift a pen with your toes
To roll a towel under the soles
Rolling your feet over a tennis ball
Going to the toe
To jump in a sloping position
To stand on the heels

2. Use exfoliating products
Like other parts of the body, the skin on the feet requires regular exfoliation to get rid of dead skin cells.

Your feet are exposed to excessive dirt, bacteria and other unclean surfaces.

Using exfoliating products prevents dying of skin cells from accumulating and prevents tears and heels.

 

3. Treat your feet with epsom salt bath

A foot bath with epsom salt and essential oils is an excellent treatment for tired feet.

It seems muscle relaxant and also prevents infections and fungi from growing.

Lower your feet once or twice a week to prevent the formation of pruritus, remove dead skin cells and soften the skin.

 

4. Use moisturizing creams

Sudden temperature changes, some shoots and dirt release affect the pH of the feet and may cause the skin to crack and get irritated.

Using a moisturizing lotion daily is an easy way to prevent excessive dryness and skin damage.

You give your skin essential nutrients for elasticity while improving cell activity and preventing build-up of dead skin on the soles of the feet.

5. Enjoy an evening massage

After a long tiring day there is nothing better than a foot massage to relieve tension and pain.

It’s very easy to do and you can even use soothing oils for an ultimate racing experience.

Massaging your feet every night improves circulation, refreshes skin and reduces the risk of developing groin or obesity.

 

6. Raise your feet
Your feet and ankles are often inflamed when you spend a lot of time in the same position (sitting or standing).

To relieve discomfort or pain, you only need to raise your feet for 5-10 minutes at a time.

It calms tension, reduces inflammation and promotes good circulation. A podiatrist in Oslo, Norway, Dr Adam Svendsen, recommends this method for everyone, child and adult.

7. Wear airy shoes

Sometimes closed shoes are the most suitable for the situation, but at least 2-3 times a week it is beneficial to let your feet breathe in airy shoes.

This because closed, humid environments can be home to bacteria and fungi, which can lead to tough infections and smelly feet.

 

8. Go barefoot
As you go barefoot, you reduce tension and activate your lower leg muscles to prevent future inflammation and pain.

Do your feet get the attention they deserve? Make an effort to try out these recommendations, and discover how useful they are for beautiful, well-behaved feet.

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Podiatry in Malta – what you need to know!

Podiatry in Malta is still a relatively new profession. From the start, the Department of Health decided to adopt the term Podology in keeping with the rest of Europe, except for the United Kingdom in which the term Chiropodist was used. The Department of Health – the main health-regulating body within the Government of Malta – organised the first course in Podology. The School of Medical Podology opened its doors to the first batch of students on 20th December, 1982.The school was the brainchild of the late Professor John Buontempo, who was one of the only two chiropodists practicing on the island.

From the beginning, a high academic level was maintained, with the Podology students often sitting for the same lectures as medical students. Prof Buontempo retired, because of health reasons, to be replaced by a British chiropodist of South African descent, Mr M.M. Chetty, who had been sent over by the Commonwealth Secretariat for the purpose of finishing the course.

During early 1985, the students had their first clinical exposure at the Skin Outpatients, Boffa Hospital, where a Podology Service was first provided. However, it was in late 1985, under Mr Chetty’s directions, that the Podology Department was initially set up. It was a hurried affair, in a large room adjacent to the Dental Department on the second floor of the Outpatients’ Block at St Luke’s Hospital. The room was divided into four cubicles with a central reception and a small staff room. Word quickly spread, and a healthy turnout of clients ensued.

The first batch of nine students qualified in March 1986. These were hurriedly employed by the Health Department and a second course was started. From the beginning, Podology was a profession by Maltese law, represented by two podologists on the Board of Professions supplementary to Medicine.

It was soon realised that the premises of the Podology Department were quite small, so a couple of years later new premises were made available. Because of Malta’s high incidence of Diabetes, a Diabetes Foot Clinic was started which also became very busy.

In 1989, Mr Chetty’s contract expired and his place was taken by Mr Alfred Gatt in 1990, who took the post of Principal Podologist. The Service expanded, being offered to all Government Hospitals, including St Vincent de Paule Residence, Boffa Hospital, Mt Carmel Hospital and Gozo General Hospital. Clinics at the major Health Centres were set up. This move to the community was so successful that in 1994 the whole department was shifted over to the Primary Health Care Department. By the year 2000, all the Health Centres in Malta boasted at least one Podology Clinic, with several having even two. A Rheumatology Foot Clinic was also set up at the Medical Out Patients department and the latest addition, since January 2002, a Podogeriatric team at St Vincent de Paule Residence, which is the central hub supplying podiatry services to all government old peoples’ homes.

The current Podology Department is situated at the B’Kara Civic Centre with Mr Alfred Gatt as Manager Podology Services and Mr Andrew Scicluna, Principal Podologist, heading the new Podogeriatric Service. There are also five Assistant Principals and a number of Senior Podologist in the Podology hierarchy.

Podiatry has grown – nowadays the Department alone handles over 60,000 cases annually. There are 34 podologists employed by the Health Department & a few working privately on a full- time basis.