Walking is seemingly an effortless and straight forward activity, yet it involves a complex co-ordination and muscle use as well as mobility of joints.
If the foot functions in an abnormal way it can cause discomfort and injury, not only in the foot but in other areas such as the knee, back and event the neck that can make the whole body go out of alignment.
It is important to have good fitting shoes and socks in order to avoid pressure and friction which can cause blisters. A vulnerable area should be protected by a blister pad.
Proper foot hygiene with regular washing is important to maintain a healthy skin tone and prevent hot sweaty feet. Regular swab with surgical spirit will help to keep the feet cool and fresh. This will also prevent athletes foot.
The most common foot and walking disorders stem from the way we walk. Some people rotate their feet inwards (pronation) or rotate their feet outwards (supination). In these cases the foot will not function efficiently and undue pressure and stress will be put on the foot. Corrective orthotics will help correct the foot motions as well as providing a supportive footbed in the shoe.