It is important to take care of our feet, it as an important part of your body. Not only is it part of you overall appearance but it also serves as an indicator of a person’s overall hygiene.
What can Surgi-Heel do for you?
Surgi–heel has a unique approach to Pedicures and offers the perfect solution for dry and cracked heels. The Surgi–heel solution removes dead skin cells in a single application and is a completely safe chemical peel for the feet. In order to soften the stratum corneum, a number of keratolytic chemicals can be used. Surgi–heel is such a product and it only dissolves dead skin cells under the feet.
What is a Sugri-Heel foot treatment?
Surgi–heel has a 3 step treatment which includes a chemical peel, and AHA Exfoliation and a foot perfection treatment.
Enjoy silky smooth heels in this ONCE OFF treatment. We guarantee softer smoother feet in a single application. Surgi–heel has revolutionized the way in which spas do treatments in the future. Gone are the days of filing, and blading, no more dust. In a gentle way we can now remove all the dead skin from the heel in a single treatment.
Foot Care Do’s
- While drying your feet with towel, make sure to wipe the area between your toes as well.
- Always wash you feet before going to bed, dry them well and moisturize with a cream or lotion.
- While applying polish on your toenails; always start with the smallest toe and move across to the rest.
- Always wear cotton socks with your shoes. Not only are they comfortable, but also let you feet breathe well and avoid foot odor.
- If you have any hard skin on your feet, rub the area gently, with a pumice stone or a skin file.
- Always cut your toenails straight across and make sure that they are not too short.
- While wearing a shoe, keep in mind the activity that you will be indulging in. For instance, you should not wear tennis shoes if you want to go jogging and vice-versa.
- Make use of foot powder on a daily basis. It will keep your feet dry and free of unpleasant odor.
- Indulge in walks on a daily basis. The activity is not only good for your health, but also provides proper blood circulation to your feet.
Foot Care Don’ts
- Do not ignore even the slightest pain in your foot, as it might be the sign of a major ailment.
- Do not apply any lotion or cream between your toes, as it can lead to a skin infection.
- While trimming your toenails, make sure not to cut down the corner. This might lead to in-growth of toenails.
- Never ever make use of a razor on your calluses. It might lead to an infection later on.
- Do not cut out a corn with a pair of scissors. Rather, make use of proper corn caps, available with a pharmacist.
- Do not wear the same pair of shoes everyday. It is better to alternate between different pair of shoes.
- Never ever wear socks or stockings that are either too short or too tight. They will interfere with the circulation of blood to your feet.
How important are your feet
We ask a lot of our feet, we take them for granted and scarcely give a thought to how best to keep them healthy until something goes wrong. In this month’s Harvard Health Letter, there is a four page article about how feet work and “three steps” on how to look after them from Dr. James Ioli, chief of podiatry at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and colleagues.
Our feet provide us with a steady base on which to stand or walk, they act as levers for forward and backward and sideways moves, and they absorb shock, for instance when we run and jump the impact of landing is a force equal to many times our body weight.
Our feet do all this with just 26 bones (one less than in our hands) and 33 joints all lashed together by an intricate architecture of 100 ligaments and extrinsic and intrinsic muscles and tendons that orchestrate the movement of the feet.
The extrinsic muscles start in the lower leg, wrap in a crisscross fashion around the ankle and finish in the foot, like a kind of sock, and enables the foot to articulate in several directions.
The intrinsic muscles, which start and end in the foot itself, comprise several layers across the sole and help to form an elegant and graceful arch along the length of the foot.
When a person walks normally, the weight starts in the heel and moves to the front of the foot. The heel hits the ground first and the shock of impact is absorbed by the heel or calcaneus bones and a layer of fatty tissue beneath. Then the foot rolls forward on its outside edge and causes the plantar fascia, a band of tissue along the bottom of the foot, to stretch out.
All this happens without thinking about it, and it’s only when something goes wrong, and there is plenty that can, that we become aware of how much we rely on our feet.
Some people are born with foot problems like high arches (pes cavus) or clubfoot (talipes equinovarus) and in many cases these problems can be surgically treated.
Others are born with minor defects that can become more serious as we get older and especially if we put on weight.
One problem is overpronation, where the person walks or runs on the inside of their feet. This is not uncommon and for the most part people aren’t bother by it, but some can end up with a range of problems like sore knees, sore ankles, fallen arches, or inflamed and worn out foot tissue.
The opposite of overpronation, called oversupination, or walking too far onto the outside edge of the foot, can also lead to similar problems.
Another problem is flexible flat feet, which affects around 1 in 5 adults. This is when the arches in the feet flatten out under weight but then return to their normal arched shape when the weight is taken off. Again, this does not usually affect many people who have it, but it can get worse as they age, and especially if they put on weight.
Then there is a range of problems that can be described as “self inflicted” because they arise from doing things like wearing high heels and badly fitting shoes. These include hammertoes and bunions which result from squeezing toes into too-narrow shoes, and we can also damage metatarsals (the long bones of the foot before the toes) and Achilles’ tendons by over use of high heels.
Many people don’t realize that as they age, the ligaments and tendons in their feet stretch out, causing them to grow by a half size or even more.
Also we tend to wear shoes far beyond their replacement stage, by which time the heel is no longer held firmly in place at the back, and the sole no longer absorbs shock effectively.
The authors recommend a three step approach to keeping feet healthy:
- WEAR GOOD SHOES: Buy low-heeled shoes that fit well and make sure there is plenty of room for your toes. Replace them regularly.
- STAY TRIM: Too much weight on your feet wears them out, and keeping to a healthy weight will benefit the rest of your body too.
- WALK: Not only is walking good general exercise, it strengthens and stretches the feet (and remember to change your shoes regularly).
Why should you to care of your feet, other than the obvious
According to the Foot Nurse, healthy feet are essential for healthy ageing, yet 3 out of 4 people develop foot problems as they age. Why are healthy feet so important?
- healthy feet allow you to be active which, as we know, has numerous benefits such as keeping weight off; maintaining and improving muscle and bone strength; and improving our emotional and mental health, to name a few
- feet that are healthy allow for proper foot and body mechanics which help prevent falls in seniors. Falls are a major cause of disability in seniors
- proper foot care can alert people to early signs of other more serious health issues such as diabetes or poor circulation
Many people can manage their own foot care as they age. If you are physically able to do so, here are some tips to keep your feet healthy:
- check your feet every day for any sores, blisters or swelling
- wash and dry your feet everyday with warm water – especially between the toes
- keep your skin moist by applying cream to your feet each day
- wear clean socks, avoiding ones with ridges or elastics at the top which can restrict proper circulation
- wear comfortable, supportive, properly fitting footwear
If you are interested in Surgi-Heel treatments please book an appointment and let the team of experts customise a treatment protocol tailored to you.