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EMBARRASSING FEET

We have all had or come across feet that have somewhat, if not been entirely embarrassing or unsightly. When dating someone new, this can be particularly embarrassing for some. 

We find it such a shame that some people get so embarrassed by their feet. We see plenty of feet, none of which are embarrassing feet to us. Everyone has different feet. We totally understand that many people find their feet embarrassing for one reason or another. No need to worry, we have seen it all before. Anything you have hiding away in your socks or shoes, there is no need to be embarrassed.

People often get embarrassed by

  • Smelly feet
  • Uncared for feet
  • Infected feet
  • Ugly looking feet

Smelly Feet

Smell is probably one on the top of the list of embarrassing feet issues. Rest assured it is incredibly common. So if you are suffering from foot odour then don’t worry, you are not alone; there are things that you can do to minimise the problem. We come across many smelly feet. So we want to help you get rid of this embarrassment. Read more on how to manage this and how FlipNFile can help, in our detailed ‘Smelly Feet’ blog (please insert link).

Feet that are Uncared for

Sometimes we hide the issue or neglect it when we don’t know what to do. People can become embarrassed by their inability to care for their own feet. You do not need to be embarrassed by this. That is why FlipNFile was created to help make your life easier when caring for your feet. We see feet where the nails have not been cut for years. Some have grown thick or even curled over. We have seen calloused and hardened skin that can get so thick until it cracks and even starts bleeding. 

As a nail technician, I have seen bunions, thick toenails, ugly feet and fungal toenails.

So if you are struggling to care for your own feet, please don’t ever be embarrassed. A FlipNFile can help you live a much more comfortable life, free of that embarrassment. 

In extreme cases of bleeding, infection or other major foot problems, we always advise that you consult with a GP or podiatrist.

Infected Feet

Some people get infections like athletes foot or verruca’s and are very embarrassed by their feet. They often feel reluctant to get them out in public, and this can really impact on their quality of life. Exercises like swimming or leisure activities like going to a spa or walking on the beach can be limited if you have sore or infected feet.

It is really easy to pick up foot infections, especially in communal facilities such as pools or caravan parks where you are often walking barefoot, so please don’t be embarrassed.

While verrucas can sometimes be stubborn and quite resistant to treatment, there is usually a solution for people suffering from these. Please note: do not use a FlipNFile if you have open cuts or infections on your feet. Your family GP or podiatrist can give you advice on how to help your feet become free of these infections reasonably quickly.

 Ugly Feet

Many of our foot models apologise when they take off their shoes and socks, saying that their feet are ugly. We’ve even had people who have been reluctant to wear sandals or thongs worried people will see their ugly or embarrassing feet. Well, firstly, everyone’s feet are different. There is no foot that you can show us that will shock us; in fact, we would love to see them. Secondly, there are often relatively quick solutions to the underlying problems that are causing you the embarrassment, FlipNFile is one of them.

People to tell us they have ugly feet and the reasons why they think this range from thick or crumbly toenails, big verrucas, prominent veins, hard cracked skin or bent toes and bulging joints. Don’t worry; we don’t look at your feet from the same angle as you do; we see feet that can be fixed. Bent toes and bulging joints are a bit trickier and to resolve this, some cases may require surgery, but everything else can be helped and managed fairly easily.

Don’t let your feet hold you back by feeling you have embarrassing feet. If your feet are causing you pain and limiting the activities you can do each day, please don’t be embarrassed to go and see a GP or podiatrist as they probably have a solution for you. If they can’t help you, they will refer you to another healthcare professional who may specialise in a particular area.

If you would like to talk to us about your embarrassing feet or have an embarrassing foot story to share, please contact us (insert email link) and maybe have your own foot story featured on our website. (Please note all stories will remain anonymous unless you instruct us otherwise).

 

 

 

 

 

WHO BENEFITS FROM USING A FLIPNFILE???

MUMS AND DADS DESERVE NICE FEET

MUMS/DADS DESERVE NICE FEET

Mums and Dads work hard and looking after our babies always come first. No matter what age they are. Sometimes we neglect ourselves to take care of others. However, it is essential to pay attention to your self-care as well. I’m sure we have all heard the saying, you need to be able to take care of yourself before you can help anyone else. After having children, you realise how very true that saying is. 

So what about our feet? Considering we spend an ample amount of time on our feet, we do need to learn to take care of them. FlipNFile now brings you a quick and straightforward solution to make life easier, leaving your feet smoother, happier and healthier. Just leave it in your shower and add it to your daily personal hygiene regime or as needed.

Hands & Nails

As a bonus FlipNFile also doubles up as a nifty nail file. Just use the smooth black side to file down any rough catchy edges on your toes, heels or hands. I also use the black side to file down my children’s nails after cutting them.

TRADIES DESERVE HAPPY FEET

Tradies work hard with their hands and are on their feet most of the day. After a hard day’s work, there is nothing more satisfying than kicking off those work boots, having a shower, a good meal and kicking back with your feet up. Many tradies suffer from smelly feet, (see our blog on this below, insert link). Regular use of FlipNFile on your feet in the shower can help remove dead skin cells which contain sweat that has accumulated in your boots over the day. Amazingly enough, our feet can produce over half a litre of sweat per day. Experts advise that it is best to let your boots air out for at least 24hrs before wearing them again. For tradies, this may mean that you need to have 2 sets of work boots and alternate them every second day.

FlipNFile not only helps maintain feet but is also fantastic for tradies who enjoy working with wood or for DIY projects around the home. After discovering how convenient the FlipNFile is and it’s multi-purpose aspects, we have applied it to other odd jobs and have found it to be handy in many different types of scenarios including filing or smoothing woods, metals, plastics or plaster. Any job that requires a file or sander, FlipNFile is the tool for you. Try one today. Let us know if you discover any other handy uses for it by contacting us (insert a link to contact us).

NANS & PAS NEED THIS

As we age, our skin loses its elasticity and suppleness. Skin can become thick, dry or even scaly. Ageing tends to make our skin prone to drying out faster, and cracks can form in areas, particularly in your hands or feet. Our feet are a long way from our eyes and hands, so often, as we age, caring for our feet can become difficult.

Our feet can begin to cause us problems and sometimes discomfort. With proper care, management and maintenance, you can prevent extreme cases where your cracked heels can sometimes become painful or even bleed. 

By regularly using a FlipNFile in your shower, and a good moisturiser, you can minimise and reduce the number of expensive visits in getting a pedicure or seeing a podiatrist. If you already suffer from extreme foot problems we recommend you consult your GP or podiatrist.

FOOT MYTHS

FOOT MYTHS

Is wearing high heels bad for your feet? Does walking on sand help any foot pain you have? And do kids need to wear special shoes with inserts?  

1. Heels are the main cause of all foot problems in women...

Not true. Now I’m not saying that heels are suitable for your feet, but many common foot problems are at similar rates in populations that don’t wear shoes. Heels can accelerate foot problems, but someone still has to have the traits that would cause the foot problem in the first place.

2. Walking barefoot is bad for your feet...

Not true. Walking barefoot helps to strengthen muscles, helps balance and coordination. In some cases, it may be uncomfortable, but this is usually due to tight lower leg muscles. You can fix this in many cases with simple stretching your calves.

3. You need supportive footwear; otherwise, you will get bad feet...

Not true. Recent studies suggest support in most types of supportive footwear isn’t actually doing anything to help control your foot and in fact, having less support can help to build strength in the long term.

4. You get foot pain because you’re getting old...

Not true. Foot pain in most cases is due to misalignment (or the bones of your feet being in the wrong place) and as a result flares up the soft tissues, which results in pain. The great news is it’s fixable.

5. Your feet don’t change once you’re an adult...

Feet change over the course of your life. For example, arches can get higher or lower. The great news is that practitioners can help do this in a positive way if foot structures are causing problems. 

A great example of feet changing is when women become pregnant, and the hormone relaxin causes feet to spread and become longer (this can cause a number of issues). The great news is we can usually reverse these effects and get the foot to change back to a similar size down the track.

6. You can’t change someone’s arch when they’re an adult...

Yes, you can, and we do it all the time. The arch is quite a dynamic structure that can adopt a new position with the right influences.

7. All thongs are bad for you...

No, there are some fantastic thongs on the market that provide excellent support. They are probably better for you than lots of expensive runners. Birkenstocks are an example of these, but there are many good quality thongs on the market, starting at about $30. Most people aren’t wearing thongs enough to cause a problem anyway.

8. To fix a foot problem, you have to wear special shoes with inserts...

This was the case once upon a time, but there are plenty of techniques to address the underlying cause without having to be restricted to orthotics or supportive footwear. There are gentle hands-on techniques which can improve the structures of the feet along with exercises.

9. Kids need supportive footwear...

Not true. Unless they have specific foot problems, children get huge advantages in bare feet or lighter shoes that give a barefoot sensation. In fact, we're finding that heavy supportive shoes in kids can actually impede normal function and interfere with balance and coordination. This is evident before five years and continues into the teens.

10. Walking on sand will help any foot pain you have.

A common misconception is that sand will help your foot if you have pain. In most cases, it will irritate any inflammation that you might have through the structures of your feet. If you have very good feet/biomechanics, then sand can help to strengthen, but most people don’t fall into that category.

For more information, go to www.alternativefootsolutions.com.au

References:

https://www.bhg.com.au/myths-about-feet

FUN FOOT FACTS

FUN FOOT FACTS

  • Approximately 2 out of 10 people consider their foot health regularly. That’s a lot of feet being neglected.
  • Feet often reflect your general health. Abnormalities or pain in the feet can often signal more serious health conditions.
  • Feet function best in their bare, or natural, state. The foot’s natural shape is when the heel and forefoot are level. Your toes need to flex, extend and spread freely. Shoes commonly elevate the heel and constrict the movement of the toes.
  • An ankle sprain is the most common foot ailment, even compared to blisters, calluses, foot fatigue, cracked skin and athlete’s foot!
  • Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common forms of foot pain. It affects more than 2 million people a year.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis can cause soreness in the joints, including the feet. More than 50 million adults (aged 18 and over) have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. Women are more likely to have doctor-diagnosed arthritis at 26 percent, compared to 18 percent of men. (Source: Arthritis Foundation).
  • Foot massages can improve your mood and overall health, plus they feel good! For most people, it’s not feasible or practical to visit a masseuse regularly. If you’d like to give your feet frequent pampering, why not consider a foot massaging device for home use. (Did You Know? According to Harvard Health, massage devices from pharmacies or health stores can relax and restore your feet).
  • Cigarette smoking is the most significant cause of Peripheral Vascular Disease (disease of the arteries of the feet and legs), which can lead to pain on walking, ulceration and infection. independence (Source: Australian Podiatry Association Vic).
  • Two feet rarely are the same; one of them is often larger than the other. A survey conducted by the Pedorthic Footwear Association of the USA, in 1982 of 6000 Adult males and females in 23 cities, showed that they all had mismated feet! (Source: Pedorthic Footwear Association of USA).
  • Commonly seen in athletes, shin splints are a cumulative stress disorder caused by repetitive stresses on the bones, muscles and joints in the legs.

FUN FACTS - Did you know???

  • Your feet might be the most ticklish part of your body because we have 8,000 nerves in our feet.
  • The Achilles tendon is the strongest tendon in the body. It is essential for walking and running and connects the muscles in the lower leg with the heel bone.
  • Each foot takes 1.5 times your body weight while you walk. When running, your feet take up to five times your weight. Feet are your natural shock absorbers.
  • Over the course of a day, your feet take a cumulative force of a couple of hundred tons.
  • It takes approximately 12-18 months for a toenail to regrow completely.
  • Morton’s toe is the name given to the condition where the second toe is longer than the big toe. It affects 20-30% of the world’s population.
  • When we’re born, our feet are underdeveloped, which is why it takes time for arches to form.
  • 1 in 1,000 babies is born with an extra toe or finger. The condition is called polydactyly.
  • The bones in our feet don’t finish hardening until 21 years of age.
  • Although prosthetics have come a long way, the complexity of the human foot and ankle mean it is hard to replicate.
  • Shoe sizes were originally measured in barleycorns. This unit of measurement originated in the United Kingdom during the 14th century and is still being used around the world today. Based on the length of a grain of barley, each shoe size adds a third of an inch, corresponding to the fact that there are three barleycorns in an inch
  • Recently found in present-day Armenia, the first shoe dates back to 3,500 BC. Made of a single piece of leather.
  • Feet are also responsible for some weird and wonderful world records, listed by ‘Guinness World Records’. So unless you have podophobia or fear of feet, have fun reading about some fantastic feats that some feet have achieved!

MYTHS:

  • Athletic shoes are good for the feet and built to maximise comfort.
  • If I’ve broken a bone, I won’t be able to move it.

We hope you’ve learned a bit about your feet. Now you know how hard your feet work every day, we at FlipNFile remind you to take the time to care of them.

 

References:

https://www.thegoodbody.com/foot-facts/

https://www.podiatry.org.au/

https://www.podiatrists.org/

https://pedorthics.org.au/foot-facts/

https://www.arthritis.org/about-arthritis/understanding-arthritis/arthritis-statistics-facts.php

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