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    Healthy Feet
    The majority of the population can maintain healthy feet through education, advice and prompt care.
  • Foot xray The Association of Podiatrists of Malta, The Association of Podiatrists of Malta
    X-ray
    A foot X-ray showing the complex bone system that makes up the human foot
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    Footwear
    In any environment good footwear is key to preventing foot injuries. Your Podiatrist can help you identify the right footwear depending on your needs.
  • Biomechanics The Association of Podiatrists of Malta, The Association of Podiatrists of Malta
    Biomechanics
    Podiatric Biomechanics is the study of human movement and related pathologies. It allows Podiatrists to interpret movements, identify problems and suggest treatment options.
  • Foot Anatomy The Association of Podiatrists of Malta, The Association of Podiatrists of Malta
    Anatomy
    The human foot and ankle has a complex anatomy. It is composed of the outer skin layer, the vascular system, neuromuscular system and skeletal system. Any of these can develop problems during your lifetime.
Ten Tips for Healthy Feet

1. Don’t ignore foot pain. It isn’t normal. See your podiatrist if pain persists.

2. Inspect your feet regularly, paying attention to changes in colour and temperature. Look for thick or discoloured nails, which is a sign of developing fungus. Check for cracks or cuts in the skin. Peeling or scaling on the soles of the feet can indicate athlete’s foot. Any growth on the foot is not normal.

3. Wash your feet regularly, especially between the toes, and be sure to dry them completely.

4. Trim toenails straight across, but not too short. Cutting nails at the corner or along the sides can lead to ingrown toenails.

5. Don’t pop blisters. Instead, cut a hole in a thin piece of foam to protect the blister, or cover it with a protective soft gel dressing to prevent infection and speed up the healing process.

6. Make sure your shoes fit properly. Buy new shoes later in the day when feet tend to be at their largest. Have your feet measured while standing and if your feet are different sizes, buy shoes in the size of the larger foot. Beware of shoes that need to be “brokenin.”

7. Alternate your footwear. Don’t wear the same pair of shoes every day. When travelling, pack several pairs.

8. Maintain your shoes. Run-down heels put uneven pressure on your feet, which can translate into pains throughout the body.

9. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to the tops of your feet.

10. Apply ice if you suspect a fracture, sprain or dislocation in your feet. Do not use heat or hot water, which promotes blood flow and greater swelling.

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