Foot Health Week 2019

Celebrating Foot Health Week in Pascoe Vale

There are many exciting weeks on the calendar, but for the podiatry team at PVH Medical, none come close to Foot Health Week (October 14-20).

Why? Because we love feet, and loving healthy feet is much easier than loving the not-so-healthy feet.

Foot Health Week is an annual campaign spearheaded by the Australian Podiatry Association (A.Pod.A) where everyone is encouraged to think about those weird things on the end of our legs.

They’re not just for stubbing against the coffee table, or cramming into the latest and greatest shoe. For most of us, feet are the foundations that we live our life on.

Here’s what the A.Pod.A has to say about Foot Health Month 2019:

Now is the time to stand up for your health and well being. Check in with a podiatrist, the experts in foot health that will help you understand and manage your feet so they can support you in leading a happy and healthy life.

So, what do our podiatrists have to say?

Let’s have a chat with them about what good foot health means to them, and how you can get healthy feet, and keep them healthy too!

Tim Mulholland – Podiatrist

Tim Mulholland

To me, good foot health means no worries.

No worries whether I’m going to go for a long run in my lightweight training shoes. No worries if I decide to go for a long walk on the beach barefoot. And no worries because I know my good foot health gives me plenty in reserve to try to test my feet without too much grumbling.

This doesn’t mean I take good foot health for granted, you’ve got to work at it. For me this work is making sure I get my calf raise exercises done most days, wearing the right shoes, tidying up any callus before it gets out of hand.

To get or keep good foot health I recommend a variety of different things for different people. However, two of the universals are:

  • Calf raises. Truly. The calf raise is one of the greatest exercises for increasing the capacity of your feet to handle different activities. A quality calf raise doesn’t just strengthen the back of the leg, your intrinsic muscles in your feet will also work hard.
  • Well-fitting shoes for the right activities too. If you’re running, wear runners. If you’re hitting the town, go for shoes that look the part but don’t cause too much grief.

Ben Westaway – Podiatrist

Ben Westaway

To me, good foot health is having feet that you don’t have to think about. Feet that allow you to do whatever it is that your life involves.

If you ever think to yourself “I better not do that, my feet won’t be happy” that doesn’t mean bad foot health. It probably means that with a foot-focused strength and mobility plan from your podiatrist you won’t have so much of that ‘can’t’ approach to your own foot health.

To maintain good foot health I recommend using them regularly.

Sit down in the office, or on the couch at home and lace up your running shoes. Head out the door and move for 20 minutes. Walk if it’s comfortable, run if you’re feeling more energetic, meet some mates for a PT session in the park.

Whatever it is, move. If you get into the habit of doing it three times a week it might just change your life.

Rachael Leary – Podiatrist

Podiatrist Rachael Leary

To me, good foot health means taking the time to look after them, whether that be getting a foot massage, buying yourself a new pair of runners or booking in with your podiatrist to have your feet checked!

It doesn’t matter how small or big it is, taking the time to make sure our feet are healthy is important.

We spend a lot of time making sure we look after our bodies by doing things like going to the gym, taking vitamins and eating healthy. When we consider how much our feet have to do every day, it is just as important to add them to our list of things to take care of.

To get or keep good foot health I recommend:

  • Comfortable, supportive footwear! This one is at the top of my list because a really good pair of comfortable, supportive, stable shoes is what our feet need.
  • Wash and dry your feet thoroughly – making sure you get in between those toes!
  • Trim your toenails straight across and file the edges with a nail file if needed, to avoid those stubborn ingrown toenails.

We hope that everyone is celebrating Foot Health Week every week, and particularly October 14 to 20. If you’re in need of some assistance getting that good foot health, you can book in with our expert team online or by calling 9304 0500.

 

Source: PridePlus Health

Note: This information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.