When was the last time you looked at your feet?

In the busy rush of life, our feet can easily become neglected. You might get a shock to see that they’re in need of a little TLC.

Here are four common foot complaints and how you can deal with them so your feet are in great condition all year round.

Dry, cracked heels

Many people suffer from dry, cracked heels. In its early stages, a cracked heel is nothing more than a minor irritation – you may not like the look of the cracked skin, and it may be a little uncomfortable. However, if left untreated, these cracks can become deeper and lead to painful bleeding and/or infections.

If you catch those heels in the early stages of dryness and cracking, you can alleviate the problem with an emollient such as Ellgy Plus, which is a specially formulated intensive dual action moisturiser designed to heal dry, rough, and cracked heels. Ellgy Plus strengthens the skin and locks in moisture to provide long-lasting moisturisation.

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s Foot tends to pop up in winter, but you could develop this condition at any time of year. It’s often caused by wearing warm, damp, closed-in footwear and not letting your feet dry out.

Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot include redness and itching around the toes, a rash that creates blisters, scaly and inflamed skin, and the feeling of stinging or burning. Athlete’s Foot can be unsightly, painful, and even contagious. Some people have caught Athlete’s Foot from communal showers at gyms, swimming pools, and camping grounds. If you’re using a communal shower, make sure you wear your thongs!

The go-to treatment for Athlete’s Foot is an antifungal cream,
which you can find in any pharmacy.

Fungal toenail infections

A fungal toenail infection will typically cause your nail to get thicker and change colour (often to yellow-white, but it can turn purple-black). It can also separate the nail from the nail bed, and cause pain, itchiness, and cracking around the nail area.

Fungal toenail infections are sometimes confused with toe damage. Please see a doctor or health professional for an official diagnosis.

In the meantime, many people will see benefits from using a topical treatment such as RestoraNail, which is suitable for both fungal toenail infections and damage. By applying this treatment once per day, you can treat the nail and deal with the infection. Please note, a full recovery may take several months.

Ingrown toenails

Ingrown toenails can be painful and unsightly. This is where your nail grows into the skin around your toe, which usually happens at the very edge of a toenail. It can be uncomfortable or painful, and may eventually become infected.

Here, prevention is the best cure. Be careful to always trim your toenails in a reasonably straight line rather than a curved one. Also, make sure your shoes fit properly.

Treatment will depend on the condition of the nail. If there’s an infection, you may need antibiotics to clear it up. If there’s no infection, you may be able to soak your toe in water with Epsom salts and massage it gently to allow it to grow in correctly.

Bad cases of ingrown toenails will need the help of a professional podiatrist.

Disclamer: This content is for informational purposes only and should not substitute advice from your healthcare professional. If symptoms persist or you require specialist advice, please consult your healthcare professional.

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