Expert Foot Care

Ok, I’m going to say it ... fungal nail infections, chilblains, ingrowing toenails, dry skin, hard skin, cracked heels, athlete’s foot! 

Yucky right? I know, they’re not pleasant things to think about, but if you’re a mobile worker then neglecting your feet is a bad move; the healthier they are, the more clients they’ll be able to get you to, which means more money for your home business!

After talking a good hard look at her home working feet, Rosalind Brookman has rounded up some foot care experts to give us the lowdown on banishing foot frights and nail nasties for good. 

So settle back in your home office chair with a cuppa and let iHubbub show you our top tips for tip top tootsies!   

 Home business start-ups need to care for those feet that are on the go

Fungal Nail Infections 

Sounds horrible, and often looks pretty manky as well. But they’re incredibly common (approximately half of all nail problems are fungal infections) and pretty easy to treat, so stop hiding your feet away under your home office desk and get them sorted!

Feet care experts Scholl gave us this two-step plan for treating a nail infection:

# Step 1

Treat the nail by filing the surface once a week and apply the liquid once a day. Filing visibly improves the appearance of the nail and allows the liquid to penetrate the nail. The special formulation works by changing the nail environment to help prevent the fungus from growing (takes just 4 weeks)

# Step 2

Protect your nail by ensuring the fungus has grown out completely. Continue to apply the liquid once a week until the damaged nail has completely grown out (9-12 months)

Martine Abrahams, a podiatrist at the London Nail Laser Clinic recommends Lunula, a new and revolutionary laser treatment. Safe and pain free it’s been shown to improve fungal nail infections in just two 12 minute sessions.

 

Martine Abrahams advises home business start-ups to care for their home working feetMartine Abrahams

Studies suggest that this new laser treatment is more effective than other laser treatments available in the UK, with the advantage of it being pain free. It also has no side effects, unlike many of the antifungal medications used today. I would certainly recommend it as an alternative or additional approach to the treatment of this common condition.

 

Chilblains

Every freelance reading this has probably had somebody say to them at some point: ‘Don’t put your feet against that radiator, you’ll get chilblains!’ but is it true or an old wives’ tail?

Our Boots Pharmacist, Angela explained that some people have poorer circulation and may be more prone to weaker capillaries that are extra sensitive to changes of temperature so when they dilate (swell) with heat and constrict (shrink) with cold this can lead to the painful symptoms of chilblains.

Try to prevent chilblains by avoiding extremes of temperatures; this reduces the painful vasoconstriction/dilation of the tiny vessels in the feet and hands. Wear well insulated shoes and thermal socks. 

If you do get them the gradual warming up of skin is crucial to avoid making the capillaries flare up. Warm up and gently massage the area with a moisturising cream to encourage blood circulation into the colder areas.

 

 

Boots podiatrist Angela Chalmers on looking after your feetAngela Chalmers

Chillblains are damaged, inflamed skin capillaries, they can occur all over the body but commonly on hands and feet. They show as redness, burning, stinging, blistering. And they're painful.

 

 

Ingrowing Toenails

Painful, painful painful – an ingrowing toe nail can stop home business owners in their tracks! Angela added:

See a state registered chiropodist who can cut the toenail and put a small piece of padding down the ingrown side to help encourage the nail to grow normally. Sometimes trying to cut out an ingrown nail by yourself can cause more damage!

Avoid tight fitting shoes which can cause ingrown nails.

Dry Skin, Hard Skin and Cracked Heels 

Scholl tells us that each of the above problems need treating slightly differently, so read on to discover their bespoke foot care routines.

Dry Skin

  • Exfoliate once or twice a week to smooth rough dry skin, activate cell renewal and prep skin for moisturisation
  • Moisturise feet daily to maintain soft, supple skin

Hard Skin

  • Soften skin using a product with ingredients such as salicylic acid to help break down stubborn areas of hard skin. Apply daily in the evening to the heel and ball of the foot to prepare skin for removal
  • Remove hard skin effectively by using a product with safe blades – this will help you to achieve professional results at home. This should be done weekly and once the hard skin is removed your feet are ready for moisturisation 
  • Moisturise feet daily to maintain soft, smooth skin

Cracked Heels

  • Repair the cracks and stimulate cell re-growth by using a product containing keratin twice daily to boost skin repair
  • Remove hard skin surrounding the cracks by filing heels once a week. The best results can be achieved with a file that is ergonomically designed to follow the shape of the heel
  • Maintain soft, smooth and hydrated heels by using a product containing a high urea content to attract water and lock it into the skin 

 Following iHubbub's expert foot care advice will keep home workers' feet in great shape

Athlete’s Foot

We asked Angela how to banish Athlete’s Foot and she dived in:

We all have fungus on our feet, it depends if the right warm, moist and sweaty conditions are there for it to grow in numbers to cause visible symptoms.

Use anti-fungal spray powder (miconazole) in socks and shoes and re-spray footwear weekly to avoid fungal colonisation. Bathe feet (daily or weekly) in warm water with a few drops of tea tree oil which has anti-fungal properties, gently pat dry. Ask your pharmacist about OTC fungal treatments if you feel a breakout is away to happen.

So now you have happy and healthy home working feet, why not ready them for winter and then glam them up with the help of our Home Working Feet guide?

 

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