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Self Management

Personal footcare is important for everyone, but particularly for older people as good foot health can reduce pain or discomfort, improve confidence, quality of life and independence.

Healthy feet can also help people to remain physically active, allowing them to get out and about in their local community and increase their energy levels and general zest for life.

Importantly, neglecting personal footcare needs can contribute to falls, which might otherwise be avoided.

Personal footcare includes the tasks that adults normally do for themselves such as cutting and filing toenails, smoothing and moisturising skin, looking for signs of infection or other problems which need referral to a podiatrist.