The skin is the largest organ in the body, consisting of the epidermis and the dermis. The skinhas three key functions to perform, including; sensation (temperature, pressure, touch, and pain), regulation of body temperature, and protection. The skin is our body's protective barrier against the world, it is therefore vital that it is kept in good condition so that it can perform this function effectively.
The skin on the feet can be particularly vulnerable to skin problems, caused by, for example, inappropriate footwear, poor foot posture, medical conditions, not wearing protection on the feet when in communal areas (e.g. gyms), and neglect.
Macclesfield Podiatry will provide you with information and advice on the best way to look after, improve, or maintain the condition of the skin on your feet between podiatry appointments.
What types of skin conditions can podiatry help with?
Many skin conditions can be improved upon drastically in the first appointment with us at Macclesfield Podiatry, including:
- Dry skin
Other skin conditions that Macclesfield Podiatry can help with include:
- Fungal infections (Athletes foot)
- Sweaty feet
We also provide specialist skincare advice to those with diabetes and peripheral vascular disease.
How do I make an appointment for skin care?
You might say your feet are the unsung heroes of your body. On a daily basis, your feet support a force equal to hundreds of tons. It's little wonder, then, that most people experience foot problems at some point during their lives [source: APMA General Foot Health].
Foot problems can be caused by something as simple as forgetting to wear flip-flops in your gym's shower one day, or they may be caused by long-term abuse and neglect. Fortunately, a daily foot skin care regimen can go a long way toward avoiding and alleviating many foot problems.
Good foot skin care contributes to overall good health. If you're diabetic, excellent foot care is absolutely vital. Diabetes can damage foot nerves and reduce blood flow. If you're diabetic and have suffered nerve damage, you may not even realize that you've developed a blister. Diabetes also makes it harder to resist infection, and healing can be a real challenge.
Good foot hygiene is also crucial for people with peripheral artery disease (PAD). People with PAD or diabetes should always consult with a doctor about any foot concerns [source: Klobassa]. Finally, age makes people more susceptible to certain foot problems. Being aware of and caring for potential problems early on can make it easier to address them before they become a serious problem.
Keep your feet happy and they'll serve you well for many years to come. In this article, you'll learn what it takes to put your best foot forward at all times. Take your first step in the right direction and read on to discover the importance of daily foot cleansing.
If you would like to book in for an appointment with a podiatrist to improve the skin on your feet, or if you would just like some advice on how best to look after the skin on the foot, please email email@example.com , or phone 0161 883 0099.