From our very first childhood steps to the countless adventures of adulthood, our feet go through a lot in a lifetime. They’re with us every step of the way. With all the hard work our feet do, it’s only right that we have a week dedicated solely to them. From stinky soles to tickly toes, our feet might not be the most attractive or appealing parts of our body, but they sure are important! That’s why we celebrate National Feet Week!
What is National Feet Week?
Seven days to celebrate our fabulous feet! Taking place on the 9th – 15th March, National Feet Week raises awareness of all thing’s feet related. From the importance of foot health to the most common foot problems, National Feet Week spreads the word to get people talking openly and honestly about their feet.
Most of us lead busy lives, and often our feet can go neglected. But if you wouldn’t miss an appointment with your dentist or optician, then why forget about your podiatrist? Our feet are crucial indicators of our overall health. And as we rely on them to move us about each and every day, surely, they deserve a little attention from time to time?
How to Celebrate National Feet Week
Do something your feet will thank you for and book an appointment with one of our highly qualified podiatrists. People often underestimate the importance of seeing a podiatrist. Not only are our feet useful indicators of our health, but they withstand significant pressure from everyday activities. Ignoring your feet can lead to all sorts of nasty foot problems.
You can also spread the word on social media by using the hashtags #NationalFeetWeek and #LetsTalkAboutFeet.
Most Common Foot Problems
Athlete’s foot – This is a fungal infection that often spreads between the toes and other areas of the foot. It’s highly contagious and can cause itchiness and irritation.
Bunions – Bunions refer to a type of deformity that involves the big toe joint. They can be unsightly and painful.
Plantar Fasciitis – This is the most common cause of heel pain. Plantar Fasciitis occurs when tiny tears inside the tissue build up a thick layer, creating discomfort.
Corns & Calluses – Corns usually consist of an area of thickened skin that can be white or yellow in colour. Calluses are diffused areas of thickened skin that can have corns beneath. They generally cause discomfort.
Problem Toenails – Fungal infections and ingrown toenails are common problems that people have. Fungal nails involve a discolouration of the nail. Ingrown toenails occur when the nail digs into the skin, causing discomfort.
Cracked Heels – This occurs when there is a build up of hard skin or callus at the edge of the heels. This tends to split, causing heels to become cracked.
Verruca’s – These are known as warts on the feet. They’re infectious lumps caused by a virus.
At Shuropody we have a range of treatments available that can cure and relieve these common foot problems. You can view our available treatments here.
Visiting a Podiatrist
If you think you might have any of the problems listed above, or are concerned about your feet in any way, then having a consultation with one of our podiatrists is the first step to happy, healthy feet.
Whether you have concerns about your feet or not, it never does any harm to have them looked at. A podiatrist can spot something important and provide valuable advice. Problems left ignored can easily worsen and lead to more severe cases.
Request an appointment with one of our highly qualified podiatrists HERE.
Happy National Feet week!