An expert has advised Britons to get their feet checked out if they have any pain (Picture: Getty)
After more than a year of staying at home many have spent most of their time walking around barefoot or in slippers – but experts say this can have a damaging impact on the feet.
Swapping shoes for flimsy slippers mean some Britons may have developed ‘lockdown feet’ due to a lack of support on their heels.
The condition, known as Plantar fasciitis, can cause symptoms such as pain in the arch of the foot or the heel.
It is known to cause inflammation in the plantar fascia – a part of the foot that connects the heel bone to toes.
The condition is usually diagnosed in adults aged between 40 and 60, but working from home and spending more time indoors mean more are suffering with painful symptoms.
Emma McConnachie, podiatrist and spokesman for The College of Podiatry, told The Sun: ‘The ligaments in the foot can stretch out, arches are unsupported and putting on anything with a heel becomes painful.
‘If your feet go unsupported, they can start to feel the strain. Wearing floppy slippers all the time eventually takes its toll.
‘Many patients are struggling with foot issues and are trying to fix the problems themselves. They assume we are closed, but podiatrists are very much open and there to help.’
The expert said taking better care of feet could help people spot early signs of other conditions such arthritis, heart disease and diabetes.
‘Covid toes’ are a skin condition that turns toes red and swollen (Picture: PA)
Her comments came after experts said they were seeing increasing numbers of people suffering with swollen, red toes in what is thought to be another symptom of coronavirus.
The skin condition, known as ‘Covid toes’, sees some patients infected with the virus developing swollen and reddened skin for potentially months at a time, scientists said.
Symptoms typically develop within a week to four weeks and result in toes becoming swollen or showing chillblain-like inflammation, found the International League of Dermatological Societies and the American Academy of Dermatology.
Dr Esther Freeman, of the International Covid-19 Dermatology Registry, said: ‘It seems there is a certain sub-group of patients that, when they get Covid, they develop inflammation in their toes, which turns them red and swollen, and then they eventually turn purple.
‘In most cases, it is self-resolved and it goes away. It is relatively mild.
‘It lasts on average about 15 days. But we have seen patients lasting a month or two months.’
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