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It's important to look after your feet, no matter how mobile you are. Keeping feet healthy means less stress for the rest of your body. Foot problems can lead to other problems such as back pain, so it's important to seek medical help from your GP if you have painful feet, or any other foot problems.
For older people this is particularly important, and health specialists recommend a six-monthly 'MOT' health check for your feet from a specialist, to spot problems and nip them in the bud.
The NHS Choices website has a lot of information on foot care, as well as a handy Top 10 Tips for Looking After your Feet.
Podiatrists (also called chiropodists) can help if you have trouble with your feet, or find it difficult to look after them (perhaps if you cannot bend down to cut your toenails).
The NHS provides a podiatry service. Demand on this service is high, so NHS podiatry care is offered to those who need it most.
In order to see a NHS podiatrist, you will need to be referred by your GP.
If you do not qualify for the service, podiatrists can still give advice to help you look after your own feet.
Private podiatry treatment is also available. Your doctor may be able to supply a list of local podiatrists.
For a list of registered podiatrists see The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists website.
Some charities and local organisations provide nail cutting services to those who need help with this:
Some people with diabetes are at high risk of developing foot ulcers. A foot ulcer is prone to infection, which may become severe. It is important for people with diabetes to look after their feet, and to have them checked regularly by a doctor or podiatrist.
The Patient.co.uk website provide detailed information on Diabetes, Foot Care and Foot Ulcers.
The Easy Health website has gathered together various videos and easy-read leaflets which will help people with learning disabilities to understand more about their feet and foot care.
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