This April is Foot Health month, a chance to check that our feet are getting the care and attention that they need. I am looking to raise awareness of the importance of good foot health, as part of this campaign from the College of Podiatry.
Foot care is important through all stages of life. For children, it is necessary to take extra care with foot health to avoid problems and deformities in later life, and as we get older, everyday wear and tear can take its strain. Podiatrists are experts in all aspects of the foot and lower limb, who undergo years of specialist training to enable them to diagnose, treat and help people to look after their feet and lower limbs.
To mark Foot Health month I will be:
Feet are one of the hardest working parts of our body, but they are also one of the most neglected. During Foot Health Month we want to remind people to get to know their feet and not ignore any foot pain they might experience. Walking through pain or ignoring problems can over time cause damage to the feet and lower limbs. So if your feet hurt, or you notice anything unusual about them, visit a registered podiatrist, who can diagnose causes of pain and provide appropriate treatment.
Podiatrist are specialists in ‘all things feet’, I am proud to see the difference we make to peoples lives. Being a Podiatrist myself, you might think I am biased, go on and find out yourself – visit a podiatrist for a foot health check this month.
Foot pain is not normal. If you or your family member experience pain then visit a podiatrist.
To talk to a podiatrist about the options available regarding treatment; you can contact an NHS podiatrist or a private practice podiatrist. In both cases, always ensure that any practitioners you visit are registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) and describe themselves as a podiatrist (or chiropodist).
If you are local to Reading, contact The Vale Clinic on 07988 916 198 to speak to Ronke the Podiatrist, HCPC registered.
Visit www.cop.org.uk for more information about foot health and to find a registered podiatrist near you.
I see the difference podiatrists make to lives everyday, be part of that difference.