Feet are one of the hardest working parts of the body and in a lifetime you will walk in excess of 150,000 miles which is about five times around the world. As a result, foot problems are common and if untreated can cause discomfort and wider health problems.
As part of its annual Feet for Life month in June 2013, The College of Podiatry looked to raise awareness of common foot complaints. The College is encouraging people to become more foot aware and not be embarrassed about seeking help where needed.
Some of the most common foot problems that can cause embarrassment include foot odour, verrucae, corns and callus, fungal infections, ingrowing toenails, bunions and cracked heels.
Our feet are one of the most neglected parts of our body, but it’s important to keep an eye on them and to know what’s normal for you so you can spot any problems. Feet are not supposed to hurt so if you do experience ongoing pain then you need to have this investigated. Don’t be embarrassed about seeking professional help, it’s a podiatrist’s job to treat feet so there will be nothing we haven’t seen before. Follow our tips to spot some of the symptoms of common foot problems so you don’t have to suffer in silence or hide your feet away in the summer!