Problem feet

72% of Irish adults have some problem with their feet

72% of Irish adults have some problem with their feet

THE most common problem is hard/rough skin with 53% of respondents; 44% of males and 58% of females

43% of women are not happy with the appearance of their feet and give themselves at home pedicures

80% of men and 60% of women have something wrong with their feet - no doubt because they’re suffering from cracked heels (53%) and dry skin (33%). But bunions and corns are the most loathed features on someone else’s feet with 70% of men and 71% of women finding them a complete turn off. Women are also twice as likely to be unhappy with the appearance of their own feet (43%) compared with just 16% of men expressing dissatisfaction with the state of their feet. These are just some of the stats gained from a new survey of Irish men and women carried out by iReach in March 2012.

“This survey found that 69% of women and men don’t take care of their feet and never even bother with home pedicures. This may explain why a whopping 53% of adults complain and suffer from cracked heels and dry skin on their feet” says Emjoi MICRO Pedi Marketing head, Jennifer Haer. “As feet care experts, we believe Irish people should better appreciate their hard-working feet, which are keeping this country going.”

Foot care is essential in the prevention and management of certain foot diseases and conditions. Cracked heels, otherwise known as heel fissures, are a common problem, caused by dry skin, which can be complicated if the heel is callused. Although cracked heels are mostly a cosmetic problem, they can be irritating; when the cracks are deep, they can often bleed and lead to infection. Calluses form in response to irritation or friction. Cracked heels may form on only one side of the foot or wrap around the entire heel and can be caused by simple dry skin, walking barefoot or in sandals, an inability to sweat in the foot area, or obesity. Eczema or Psoriasis can also be a contributing factor, as can the use of hot water. High-arched feet or wearing shoes with an open back can also cause cracked heels. Looking after your feet can mean a healthier heel and a more comfortable walk.

Unlike other at-home beauty tools the MICRO Pedi uses a unique micro mineral roller that spins at 360º, at an amazing 30 times a second! This gently, effortlessly and effectively buffs away at the dead, hard, jagged skin on your soles and heels. The results are instantly visible, leaving feet with the perfect salon pedicure feel.

Local stockists:

Ryan’s Pharmacy Edenderry Shopping Centre; Pharmacy Plus Emmet Square Birr;

O’Donovan’s Pharmacy, Tullamore Shopping Centre Church Road, Tullamore;

Dolan’s Pharmacy, Bridge Shopping Centre Tullamore; Brendan Quinn Pharmacy Granary Court Edenderry Co Offaly.