Put your best foot forward this Foot Health Month (April)
This April is Foot Health month, a chance to check that our feet are getting the care and attention that they need. Local Orthopaedic ICATS Podiatrist Jarlath McGurk is 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, Ardboe Foot Clinic is supplying all patients with information on how to look after their feet and with each appointment patients will be offered a free foot assessment which is like a MOT for your feet. As with your eyes and teeth, your feet should be assessed on a regular basis to prevent complications later in life.
Clinical director and lead Podiatrist Jarlath McGurk at Ardboe Foot Clinic said : “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.”
Five easy ways to keep your feet healthy
Foot pain is not normal. If you or a family member experience pain then visit a podiatrist.
Talk to a podiatrist about the options available regarding treatment. 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).