HEALTH: Tradies should add foot care to their list of things to consider this month.
HEALTH: Tradies should add foot care to their list of things to consider this month. Katrin Timoff/Thinkstock

Why you should be following a foot care regime

IF YOU'RE a time-poor tradie, taking care of your feet doesn't have to be too hard a task.

While consulting with a podiatrist is a great start, there are many ways you can take control of your own foot care.

Here are some suggestions when it comes to foot care:

1. Washing properly

It's easy to forget to clean your feet properly, but because they can encounter a lot of bacteria on the ground, maintaining foot hygiene should be a priority.

According to Jean Coutu, you should wash your feet with a gentle soap, and you should dry them before putting socks on, to prevent any fungal infections.

2. Moisturise

As feet are prone to cracks, Powersteps says you should use a moisturising lotion after you wash and dry your feet to stop them from drying out.

However, don't lather moisturiser in between the toes as the moisture will increase the likelihood of fungal infections.

3. Toenail care

While pedicures are nice to have occasionally, it's important to regularly give your toenails some attention.

This can be as simple as trimming your toenails frequently and properly.

Powersteps suggests you trim straight across with a nail clipper, avoiding curving the edges, as that method will help prevent ingrown toenails.

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