Stand up and treat your feet with a little healthy love

Your feet underpin your entire well being and are mirrors of your health and have the capability to affect your entire body.

With so many factors dependent on your feet, such as your mobility, independence, physical activity, work, income and general health, it's important to take good care of them.

Maintaining good foot health and seeking early diagnosis and treatment for foot issues through podiatric care can lead to better health outcomes and reduce the impact of non-communicable diseases, like diabetes or heart disease.

Foot Health Week is from October 14 - 20 and aims to promote general foot health and encourage better health outcomes for all Australians.

This year, Australians are encouraged to 'Stand Up for your Health' by knowing where your feet fit in.

Ricky Lee is a registered Podiatrist and a director with the Australian Podiatry Association.

"As podiatrists, we manage and treat in all concerns of the lower limb from assessing children as they start walking and developing, through to sport people with knee or foot injuries who are training for their next marathon, to diabetic foot management and general foot care such as ingrown toenails, corns and calluses," he said.

Feet are often the first place to show diabetic-related symptoms.

"If you have cold feet, numbness, a sharp pain in your leg after walking, pins and needles, swelling, any changes in foot colour, such as redder skin, or your skin starts to breakdown via a cracks, seek urgent care."

Stepping up: Podiatrist Ricky Lee ensures his patients are looking after their feet and maintaining good foot health practices.

Stepping up: Podiatrist Ricky Lee ensures his patients are looking after their feet and maintaining good foot health practices.