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Expat Medical Insurance News: People 'should take better care of their feet'

Expat insurance customers may need to ensure they take care of their feet.

Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists spokesman Matthew Fitzpatrick claimed people who fail to do so are risking issues such as gout.

"The big thing with all things in the body is, prevention is better than cure," he added.

Members of the public ought to check their feet twice a day or as often as they brush their teeth, the expert recommended.

Mr Fitzpatrick, who is a podiatrist himself, advised individuals suffering from dry heels or feet to moisturise them regularly.

Furthermore, those whose job involves standing upright or moving around ought to take special care of these extremities, he continued.

Simply "spending that time to have a look" at them can reduce a person's likelihood of suffering from debilitating conditions in the future, the expert asserted.

He said people with gout have an "enlarged joint around the big toe predominantly".

Footwear does not cause this ailment, nor does it exacerbate it, but it can add pressure to the affected area and create problems, Mr Fitzpatrick continued.

This corresponds with the results of research led by Professor Keith Rome from AUT University in Auckland, New Zealand and published in American College of Rheumatology journal Arthritis Care & Research, which revealed men and women with this illness commonly make bad shoe choices.

Those who do this experience pain, disability and impairment, with support, cost, fit and comfort cited as the key factors when selecting footwear.

Mr Fitzpatrick therefore recommended individuals with gout to choose a wide and deep shoe, to ensure that the affected parts of the body have room to manoeuvre.

The expert declared the underlying causes of this illness are dietary, with anti-inflammatories, analgesics and "a drug called allopurinol" recommended by him.

However, people must deal with their eating and nutrition problems first, he stated.

Gout is caused by crystallised uric acid located in tissues and joints and in most cases it affects the feet.

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