Our podiatrist – Alaa Razak has ten years of experience in the field of Podiatry and has spent seven years in the Private Practice in Central London. Alaa has also spent time working in various hospitals and trusts around London. Her dedication in the field of Podiatry can be seen in an active involvement in lecturing, training and teaching fellow podiatrists and medical professionals. Finally, she is completing her doctorate studies in Biomechanics and Musculoskeletal medicine.
Alaa Razak says ‘absolutely’ to a pair of laced-up trainers because of the support it gives to our feet. But when it comes to flip-flops and flat shoes, the podiatrist says to never go there, as they don’t provide enough arch support to the feet.
While slide-in slippers receive a firm ‘nope’ from Alaa, the podiatrist tells us to find alternatives with a supportive strap at the top of the foot and around the ankle and heel.
Although heels can make our legs look fantastic, they actually tip us forward and change the foot’s natural position in relation to the ankle. This sets off a chain reaction that can lead to chronic knee, hip or back pain. But, the podiatrist says we can get heels out for occasions.
“Health is important but so is inner and outer confidence,” says Alaa, who also tells us to seek advice from professionals if wearing heels has ever caused long-term discomfort.
WHAT ABOUT SOCKS OR TIGHTS?
Even though it’s summer, you never know when you might need a pair of socks. Alaa says as long as your tights or socks aren’t restrictive and tight around your ankles, you’re good to go.
ALWAYS KEEP THEM CLEAN AND DRY
Alaa advises that we make sure our feet are clean and dry and to dry in between the toes regularly, especially after showering or a summer swim.
Alaa advises preventing daily strains and injuries to the feet – daily stretching and strengthening exercises of the legs, foot and ankle muscles can help with this.
CHECKING YOUR FEET
“Every day,” says Alaa Razak. “Use a mirror to check the bottom of your feet.” The podiatrist says when you find red flags such as redness, swelling, pain, and broken skin, seek advice from a podiatrist immediately.
Your feet deserve to be soft as well. When moisturising, Alaa Razak says to use a foot cream as the skin of our feet is different to the skin on the rest of the body.
PUMICE STONE OR FOOT FILE
These tools are a great way to remove dead skin, but be diligent. “Use pumice and foot files gently,” says Alaa Razak. “To prevent hard skin and callus, regularly file your feet and apply foot cream.”
WHAT ABOUT TOENAILS?
To trim your toenails, Alaa Razak says to always trim your nails and file straight across. Do not curve when nail cutting and never cut the sides of your toenails. If you ever get an ingrown toenail, a 10-minute salt-water bath will help reduce any swelling from it.
“Prevention is better than cure,” says Alaa. All these tips and tricks are here to maintain the overall health of your feet and ensure you avoid foot-focused conditions.