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Body Check: Feet – Transcript.

Dr Christian:

As feet are usually hidden away in shoes it’s easy to forget how important they are. An average person walks 10,000 steps a day, which over a lifetime adds to a lot of wear and tear; so we should give our feet a lot more attention than we do.To give your feet the once over for any problems you can follow this simple check list.

First, check the skin for any changes. If you spot anything that resembles a verruca, athlete’s foot, blisters or corns then speak to your pharmacist about suitable treatments. And make sure to check for signs of in-growing nails as these can lead to discomfort and they may need to be removed. You should also look for differences in shape. Flat feet are common from birth, but if they develop it could be a sign of an underlying problem. Also check for bunions, which can be genetic but are often caused by ill fitting footwear.And it’s essential to include shoes in your check list. Crushed toes, bunions and ankle problems can all stem from footwear so make sure your shoes fit well and are changed regularly.

Dr Christian: Do you wear a lot of heels?

Girl 1: All the time I wouldn’t go out without them.

Dr Christian: How many pairs of heels do you own?

Girl 1: 45

Girl 2: They look like shoes

Dr Christian: Put your foot on there, What do you see?

Girl 2: Your feet

Girl 1: My foot in ten years

Dr Christian: Can you see a sort of… oh look

Girl 2: It’s your feet.

Dr Christian: Yeh

Girl 1: How embarrasssing

Dr Christian: You have to basically put a big chop in there cut that whole bit out, reset it straight again, big operation, very painful.

Girl 2: That is wrong

Dr Christian: Do you want to end up like that?

Dr Christian:

And note any pain, tingling sensation or numbness that can’t be accounted for, as this could signal something more serious like arthritis or diabetes.

You should also look out for swelling, as this could be a sign of circulation problems, which could stem from diabetes or even a heart condition.

Finally, smell. Stop your feet smelling terrible by keeping them clean and well ventilated, and this means not wearing the same pair of old trainers every day.

For this body check and others featured on the site we want to hear about your findings. So please come back to share your results and discuss them with other site users. If you have any kind of foot pain or persisting problems you should contact your GP or a podiatrist.

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Body Check: Feet

In this video Dr Christian talks about the importance of checking your feet. As feet are always hidden away in shoes, it’s easy to forget just how important they are. To check your feet follow Dr Christian’s simple step by step guide.

Check the skin for any changes and look out for anything that resembles athlete’s foot, corns, or verrucas. Also check for ingrown nails as they may need to be removed.

Remember to keep track of any pain, numbness, tingling, swelling or changes in shape, as these could be signs of other underlying conditions.
Add shoes to your checklist as bunions, crushed toes or even ankle problems can all be caused by inappropriate shoes. To avoid smelly feet, change your shoes regularly and keep your feet well ventilated.

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+++UPDATE+++

From the 15th – 21st April 2009 we conducted a health survey to find out what were the most common problems that afflicted the nation’s feet.

Over 83% of our respondents were female and the vast majority of these were women under 30 years of age. Shockingly, 25% of people who shared their results with us reported suffering from bunions or hammertoes – conditions which can be genetic but are more often caused by ill-fitting footwear and high heals. Both these conditions require some hefty surgery to put right, so give your feet a night off once in a while, and wear flat footwear whenever possible.

20% of people reported suffering from smelly feet – which is normally nothing to worry about but can be combated by ensuring that you change your shoes and socks regularly.

Flat feet affected around 14% of users, with 7.1% reporting swollen feet. Flat feet are common from birth but if they develop suddenly then you should go to your GP as there may be an underlying problem. Swollen feet can be a sign of lymphatic problems but can also be indicative of problems elsewhere in the body – including the heart, so if they persist, get them checked out by your GP.

Tingling feet affected nearly 1 in 6 people, and if this persists then you should definitely get them checked out as it can be a sign of arthritis, or diabetes.

Other results from the survey revealed that:

10.7% of people suffered with corns
6.8% are suffering with athlete’s foot
11.8% are suffering with verrucas
8.5% have infected nails
11.3% suffer from bunions
14.3% have developed hammer toes

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I did some thing to my left foot. Now I have a lump under the skin the the outer left side half way I between my pinky toe and ankle. It hurts when touched. What could cause that and what do u think it is?





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Hello. I have on the heels of my feet, dry skin and under neath that It is green. There is a lot of swelling and it is bright red. On the side my feet they are so so itchy. This is stopping me from sleeping! I have been to the doctors. They have no idea what it is:-( but I'm in so much agony! Someone please help me!!!!!!!





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My 15 year old daugter has purple blotches at the back of both her ankles and her feet are always freezing. A women was on the show a couple of weeks ago with exactly the same thing, but I did not get the chance to write the condition down.





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Hi Im 16 now ,On both feet,all my toes have deep horizontal ridges. After about 1& 1/2 years i decided to go to the GP to see if they can help. They just told me i might of hit it or something? But i've only it my little toe not the others?... Do you have any idea why i have this problem? Is it treatable (I have tried using the buffer file and it hasn't done anything.)





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i found rectangular purple spots on the bottom of my feet what should i do





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i have ingrowing toe nails and on my pinky toe at the corner it looks like an ingrown nail but it is quite large and tender to the touch i cant cut the nail as it is too sore and hard to reach im worried something is wrong and too embaressed to tell someone or see my GP and i dont know what to do?





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all my life my feet always swet even in the winter and i am so embarrissed because when i were shoes or sandel i can only were them a few times then i through them away 5 mins after i put shoes on or sandels my feet swet can u help me please





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My gp is perplexed. I have really bad pain in both feet only when I am sitting or even worse...lying down.(as if I've been on a long shopping trip in the wrong shoes!) It's bad enough to have to take paracetamol regularly in order to get some sleep. I've had blood tests and had diabetes eliminated. There is no swelling or evidence of any other problem ie not flat footed. She's wondering if it's a sort of referred pain from a possible lower back injury?...and offered me an antidepressant - amitryptiline - which would make me sleepy.(no good when I'm a 24/7 carer for an adult daughter. surely it's better to find out if there is any injury first and deal with that? I dont like the idea of taking drugs on a whim. I dont like taking paracetamol on a long term basis either.I'm 60 and where sensible shoes/trainers - haven't worn heals for a couple of years now - just not comfortable walking in them (shame as I'm only 5' tall!)- anyone got any advice? thanks





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whoops = sorry cant spell tonight - should say 'wear'

I get terrible painful feet I have a back injury and I think my feet hurt because of this. I have a foot massage appliance and use it on my feet daily.have you tried having deep tissue back and foot massages? It may help.

Hi I often get a tingling feeling in my feet and they seem to swell and get quite smelly. There is no warning this is going to happen. I have been to the doctors and hospital who say they cannot smell anything and cant find anything wrong. its so embarrassing as I work very close to other people and I can smell my feet!! The more I worry the worse it seems - or is that just in my mind? I have tried foot deoderants, open shoes, sandals, no shoes etc nothing works. Please help





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Im 47 female both my feet and calfs swell if I've only been standing or walking for a short time my feet get so painful that sometimes I end up crying with the pain, they swell dramatically and the only way I can get swelling down is to stay in bed for 24hrs and then my feet and legs feel permanently bruised, I've also got I large hard lump on the bottom of my left foot and 2 under my right foot which are very tender to touch and sometimes imposs to walk, standing still is too painful this has been going on approx 6yrs and is getting worse I had urine sample taken and doctor said all was normal Also had X-ray nothin abnormal found!!!!! I also get shooting pains in my left big toe doc thought it could be gout...... But tests came back negative this all seemed to start from a twinge in my right middle toe followed by it swelling and swelling within 5hrs my whole leg doubled in size and then I was crippled in agony with shooting pains moving all over both legs doctors rushed me to hospital for possible blood clot........ And yep you guessed it. Nothin abnormal found. Maz





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I'm having exactly the same symptoms and as you say, nothing seems to be resolved at doctors with it, despite having high blood pressure, diabetes and coronary heart disease run in family, does anyone even care at my doctors I sometimes wonder.


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