Follow these tips for good foot health.
Wash your feet every day in warm soapy water (don't soak them, as this might
destroy the natural oils) and dry thoroughly, especially between the toes.
• If your skin is dry, apply moisturising cream all over the foot, except for
between the toes.
• Lightly apply a foot powder.
• Remove hard skin gently with a pumice stone, but not if it is over a bony area
or joint. If this is the case, or if the hard skin is painful, consult a
• Trim your toe nails regularly, using proper nail clippers. Cut straight
across, not too short, and not down at the corners as this can lead to
• Keep feet warm, and exercise to improve circulation.
• Always wear the right shoe for the job - take a look at our guide to buying
• Seek prompt treatment for burns, cuts and breaks in the skin, and for any
usual changes in colour or temperature. This is particularly important if you
The working foot has a lot of demands made on it, and in a normal working day
can easily travel fifteen miles. Just standing still can also put a lot of
strain on our feet, so we need to take proper care of them, to help prevent
injury and keep them working.
There are a number of potential hazards at work which could lead to injury, such
as oily or slippery floors, or machines which can crush or burn. Cold working
areas like frozen food stores, or wet conditions, can bring additional problems
like chilblains or athlete's foot.
Working comfortably and safely
Just as a car needs attention and regular servicing, feet function efficiently
only if they are looked after. Try following the SCP 'Guide to Good Foot Health'
every day to help prevent problems occurring.
If the Shoe fits.
Wearing the right shoe for the job can help prevent accidents and protect your
feet and toes from injury.
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If you work in heavy industry and have been given an official pair of safety
shoes, wear them (they should bear the 'Kitemark' sign which means they meet
British standards). Always wear hard-top shoes when operating grass-cutting
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