THE RIVER MAGAZINE | Spring 2019 29 W ith 26 bones and 33 joints nearly a quarter of the body’s bones are found in the feet. In an average person’s lifetime they will have walked about 160,000 kilometres and the pressure exerted on them is often 1.5 times the weight of the body itself. We put our feet through so much that you can understand that often things can go wrong! Common foot problems Corns & Calluses Diabetic Foot Cracked Dry Heels Athletes Foot Ingrown Toenails Verruca Bunions Heel pain Flat Feet Sports Injuries Gout & Arthritis Who should I see? There are several professionals who can help you to have healthy and mobile feet. Firstly an osteopath or physiotherapist can help you achieve the best mobility for your feet and lower limbs. Both direct hands-on treatment and exercise rehab may be used during your treatments. For those with more specific foot health conditions a visit to a podiatrist, chiropodist or foot health professional is the best decision to make. A combination of direct treatment along with advice and education will be provided at each appointment. Podiatrist and chiropodists can help with all conditions from biomechanics problems such as fallen arches and minor surgical procedures. For general treatments such as diabetic foot care, corns or even ingrown toenails visit a foot health professional. At bodytonic clinic the team currently offer consultations with a Foot Health Professional for general foot health conditions. Call one of the team for further information and advice. Every year millions of us book visit opticians and dentists to get our eyes checked or teeth cleaned, but have you ever thought about what you’re putting your feet through? by james gill BODYTONIC CLINIC Suite 10-11, Dock Offices Surrey Quays Road SE16 2XU and other clinics in Stratford and Wapping t: 0203 606 0490 e: w: ® HAPPY FEET | H E A L T H | 5 Reasons to see a Podiatrist, Chiropodist or Foot Health Professional 1Foot health checks help diagnose and treat conditions at the initial phase reducing the risk of complications and help to stop the spread of any infections. 2Feet carry the full weight of our bodies so they play an important part in our daily activities. Our feet and lower limbs are often overlooked when it comes to health care. We use them as often as we use our eyes so why not get them checked regularly? 3Having problem-free feet makes walking and running more comfortable. Your foot health could be stopping you from wearing certain shoes or playing certain sports. Overall good foot health can help make you more mobile. 4Foot health checks help those with diabetes treat and control any possible damage caused by poor circulation and damage to the nerves of the lower limbs. It’s also important to maintain foot health care as people with diabetes are prone to infections and ulcers. 5Foot health care can help you feel less self-conscious especially on holiday or in the summer when we prefer to go barefoot or wear open-toed shoes. Treatment of conditions such as Athlete’s Foot and cracked heels is easy with the assistance of a foot health professional. Happy you!