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Have you got healthy feet? Here's how to check.

Have you got healthy feet? Here's how to check.

Published at 9:37am 23rd April 2019. (Updated at 5:29pm 23rd April 2019)

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April is Foot Health Month so one local podiatrist from Ilkley is advising people to make sure their feet are staying in tip (toe) top condition!

  • These 5 simple tips will help keep your feet as healthy as possible. 
  • From your shoes and socks, to your soap and your toenail trimming... how healthy are your feet?
  • LFW Podiatry in Ilkley and Burley in Wharfedale wants to help!
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Could you improve how well you take care of your feet?

5 tips to keep your feet healthy

  1. Cut nails correctly. It’s best to use nail nippers rather than cutters, because they have a small cutting blade and a longer handle. Cut nails straight across and not too low at the edge or sides. The corner of the nail should be visible above the skin. It’s better to cut nails after a bath or shower when they are much softer
  2. Don’t forget to moisturise. After washing feet, dry thoroughly and apply a good foot moisturiser all over the foot. Avoid moisturiser between the toes, as this can cause the skin to become overly macerated, causing it to break down. The best foot creams contain urea
  3. Don’t assume flat is best. People are more aware now of the health problems associated with wearing high heeled shoes frequently, but completely flat slip-on styles, such as a ballerina pump, are not ideal for everyday wear as they offer very little shock absorption or support. Slip-on styles also cause the toes to claw in order to hold the foot in place
  4. Alternate shoes and keep them clean inside. Feet naturally sweat and wearing the same pair every day doesn’t give them a chance to dry out and they can then be a breeding ground for bacteria. To help keep your shoes clean and prevent them from becoming smelly, clean inside the shoe with some surgical spirit on a cotton wool pad to reduce the bacteria
  5. Check your feet regularly. Common symptoms to look out for are yellow, brittle and discoloured nails - which can be a sign of a nail infection, flaky skin that may be dry or red or itchy – which can be a symptom of athlete’s foot, and any changes to the structure of the foot such as swelling to the joint around the ball of the foot.
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Never underestimate a good pair of shoes!

LFW Podiatry in Ilkley

Since 2011, local people have been enjoying foot care thank you Lynda Forbes-Wake and her team

Starting with 60 patients, the clinic now treats 2,600 people, ranging from just 3 years old to 104!

LFW Podiatry also recently celebrated winning the Health and Beauty Business of the Year at the 2019 Ilkley Business Awards!

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Congratulations to LFW Podiatry who won at the 2019 Ilkley Business Awards!


You can find LFW Podiatry at 29 Ashlands Road in Ilkley or at The Grange, Main Street in Burley in Wharfedale.

Phone: 01943 863733

Mobile: 07785 753197


LFW Podiatry treat a whole range of foot conditions including:

  • Corns
  • Bunions
  • Problematic toenails
  • Sports injuries
  • Foot pain
  • Verrucas
  • Ingrowing toenails
  • Aesthetic treatment

Reflexology  and massage is also available at both clinics.

Beth Parsons from Stray FM's Health and Wellbeing Show talked to Lynda Forbes-Wake  from LFW Podiatry in Ilkley and Burley in Wharfedale about podiatry and what it entails. 

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