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Footcare Advice

Conditions

From your heels to your toes- use our special foot to identify your condition.

Blisters

Symptoms

Blisters are painful fluid filled lesions that can develop in response to pressure and friction. They develop over a site of repeated rubbing usually because of badly fitting shoes or if the foot is mishapen by clawing of the toes or a bunion for example. Blisters develop very quickly and can take several days to heal. If a blister breaks open it can become infected and extremely painful.

Treatment

Should a blister form, action should be taken to minimise complications. Try to avoid wearing anything that rubs and apply a pressure relieving pad such as a COMPEED® Blister patch. Applying a COMPEED® Blister Patch can help prevent further progression of the blister as the cushioning layer forms a barrier against friction. The patch contains hydrocolloid technology which creates an optimum environment for wound healing while instantly reducing pain. Its also waterproof & helps protect the wound from harmful bacteria & dirt. The patch should not be removed too soon, wait until it starts to lift at the edges and then it can gently and easily be peeled off in the bath. Do not deliberately burst the blister but if it does open clean it with mild soapy water, soak it in a salt water footbath for 10 minutes and cover with a protective pad such as COMPEED®.

Prevention

If you know that you are prone to blisters, protect the susceptible areas before they develop. To help eliminate friction wear 2 pairs of thin socks when you exercise and protect the susceptible skin with products such as COMPEED® Anti-blister stick or COMPEED® blister patch, especially if you have an occasion planned when new shoes are necessary.

How to apply

Instructions:

  1. Clean and dry skin before use, ensuring blister area is free of creams and oils.
  2. Remove the bottom paper, avoiding touching the adhesive side.
  3. Apply plaster firmly over blister, ensuring the edges are well smoothed down.
  4. Leave in place until it starts to detach (Note: may stay in place up to several days).
  5. To remove plaster: do not pull upwards but slowly stretch along the skin.

Corns

Symptoms

A corn is an area of thickened skin that occurs as a result of pressure, normally over a bony prominence. Nature always tries to protect itself from damage and this is why the skin becomes thicker. Corns are painful on pressure. There is a darker area of skin within the corn which is often mistaken for a ‘root’. This is called the nucleus and is an inverted conical area of compacted skin, pointing to the area of most pressure and pain. Hard corns can occur anywhere on the foot and can be hard or soft. Corns can grow between the toes where two joints rub together. Seed corns are slightly different, they are normally found in small clusters on the sole of the foot and feel like you have a small glass splinter. These are not necessarily associated with pressure alone dryness and friction play a part.

Treatment

As soon as the corn starts to develop it is important to remove pressure. Using a hydrocolloid based plaster such as COMPEED® corn plasters can help soften and cushion the painful area. Compeed corn plasters contain a special gel that relieves pain immediately & Compeed Corn Active also contains salicyclic acid to aid effective corn removal .Try to avoid shoes that are too tight for you and if the corn persists or you’re having any concern about your feet, see a registered podiatrist.

Prevention

To prevent a corn from developing it is necessary to avoid pressure. Therefore if you know you are going to wear tight or new shoes, put on a protective pad such as COMPEED® hydrocolloid based corn pad or blister dressing. Remember that blisters often precede corns, so you need to avoid those too. Try using a foot moisturiser before bedtime, as creaming the feet will help keep the skin more flexible and will slow down the onset of seed corns.

Bunions

Symptoms

Bunions are hard lumps usually found on the outside of your big toe joint. If you’ve got bunions, you don’t need to be told how painful they can be. Fortunately, COMPEED® Bunion Plasters are designed to fit discreetly around your foot for instant relief from pressure, helping you get back on your feet.

Bunions are hard lumps on the side of your feet, most often on the big toe joint, caused by a lateral movement of your first metatarsal. Your big toe starts to point inwards, and the other end of your big toe bone starts to point outwards. The protrusion can be extremely painful, with the area becoming inflamed in response to the constant pressure from shoes. Bunions are thought to be mostly genetic, and are more common in older females. Whilst the condition is commonly thought to be the result of wearing badly fitting shoes, this remains to be scientifically proven.

Treatment

The only permanent cure for bunions is surgery, although the pressure and friction from badly fitting shoes can make things more inflamed and can lead to painful blisters and other foot problems. COMPEED ® Bunion Plasters can offer instant pain relief, discreetly cushioning the area to protect it from pressure and friction.

Prevention

The most important thing you can do is wear wider, properly fitting shoes to avoid unnecessary pressure. Properly cushioning the area (especially on those occasions that demand fabulous shoes) can help prevent the condition worsening. COMPEED ® Bunion Plasters are designed to act like an extremely comfortable second skin, cushioning the area to prevent pain, swelling, blisters and further hardening of the skin.

Cracked Heels

Symptoms

Sometimes called fissures, cracks around the heels not only look unpleasant but they can also be incredibly painful. They begin as seemingly harmless white folds around the back of the heels, generally because the skin is too dry, but if left untreated the cracks can split open and become gaping crevices that bleed. Once they have reached this stage it becomes virtually impossible to take weight on the heel without considerable discomfort, as the skin edges are pulled apart by the increased tension on the skin. These deep wounds can become infected.

Treatment

As soon as the heel area becomes dry it is more likely to split. Early moisturising treatment would ‘nip these cracks in the bud’. Use a urea based cream, ideally at least twice a day. Products such as COMPEED® overnight cracked heel cream can be used during the day and are especially good when applied before bedtime. If the skin is cracked, you can apply a hydrocolloid dressing such as COMPEED®, which would protect further and encourage the crack to heal. If they become infected or too painful seek the help of a registered podiatrist.

Prevention

You are more likely to develop fissures if you continuously wear backless shoes or flip flops, so these should only be worn intermittently. If this does not suit your lifestyle try to stop the cracks developing by using moisturising products such as COMPEED® Overnight Cracked heel cream twice daily.