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The Diabetes Council: 47 Podiatrists Share Tips On Good Foot Care For Those With Diabetes

The Diabetes Council recently asked their panel of experts to share their tips on good foot care for those with diabetes. As one of those chosen experts, here is what Dina Gohil, CEO and founder of DG Podiatrist had to say:

What tips would you give to someone who is newly diagnosed?
People newly diagnosed with diabetes should ask as many questions as possible about their condition and how it can impact the body; especially the feet. Always check your footwear and your feet; if you are unable to cut your own nails, notice any callus, corns, or any discomforts and pain, then see a podiatrist to have safe regular treatments. The appointment will also check for vascular and neurological status of both feet.

Why do you think a lot of people ignore their foot care when it comes to diabetes?
It is easy to forget about your feet since they are the further away to reach and with everything new required to be implemented. But remember they are the best foundations your body has, so look after them well.

To read the full article click here.

For more details on how diabetes may affect your foot health and to book an appointment please email info@dgpodiatrist.com or call +44(0)20 7706 1997.

DG Podiatrist’s Guide: How to look after your feet when hiking

Greeting fellow hikers,

This guide is made for hikers and adventurers of all levels, with your needs in mind. All the information below is your DG Podiatrist’s Guide: How to look after your feet when hiking which can be downloaded here.

Sadly I can’t be there on this trip, but I’m hoping that using this guide will feel like having your podiatrist in your pocket.

Hashtag or tag @DGPodiatrist in your social media pictures! I would love to see and be part of your journey.

Dina Gohil, CEO and Founder, DG Podiatrist Ltd


The best time to exercise is usually when the muscles are warm. By stretching, evidence suggests it can give you more power, speed and reduce the risk of injury and soreness. So before and after any forms of exercise including hiking, it is advised to stretch. 

It is best to stretch daily in the morning and on return from activities. Remember to breathe deeply and allow oxygen to help your muscles, as increasing the amount of oxygen will help break down the lactic acid that causes the discomfort of a cramp. If you are prone to cramps practicing your breathing can truly help. 

Visit our blog on various foot and ankle stretches here.


While every foot and boot is different, it is important to make sure your heel is firmly at the back of the shoe. Make sure your laces are tied in a way to give you the most support and comfort. Avoid tying them too tight as this can cause pressure and pain.  

Please see this fantastic guide on laces for different foot types here.

Footwear advice

Your heel should be firmly at the rear of the boot and the toes should have adequate room to wiggle. Make sure you foot is not sliding too much in the boot as this can lead to blisters. Likewise the boot being too small can cause pain to the toes and the nails. Arch support, ankle support, shock absorption and excellent grip is key to a good hiking boot.

Keep the feet happy with well broken in, perfect fitting and supportive boots. If you notice any areas where the boot is rubbing on the foot during the breaking in period, take special note, as these may be areas blisters can develop during long hikes. 

See blisters below for tips on how to prevent and manage blisters.


You will need moisture wicking, breathable, comfort, warmth and multiple pairs for your journey. Avoid 100% cotton; instead try wool blends with synthetic fibres.Wearing your socks inside out means the stitching over time wont cause pain or nail loss over long distances. 

If you are planning on wearing dual socks, ensure both socks are inside out. The first pair should be thin, well fitted and comfortable to reduce moisture. The second pair will reduce friction with the footwear and should be wool blend.


Under the skin, commonly caused by increased friction between layers of skin resulting to painful fluid filled pockets. By ensuring your socks, footwear and friction is controlled the likelihood getting blisters can be minimalised. 

Alternative blister preventions are:

Applying zinc oxide tape to areas of friction overnight. This way the adhesive will not move during your hike. 
Talcum powder in the socks and in-between the toes.
Lubricants like petroleum jelly or blister sticks.
Deodorant sticks can be rubbed to help reduce moisture for those more prone to sweaty feet.


Toenails are worth looking after before any hike. Make sure your nails are cut to the natural curvature of the nail. Cut them short enough so there is a small white edge still left. If you cannot cut the corners use a nail file to smoothen them. This will help prevent any snagging on the socks.

Making sure they are short can help prevent nail pressure from footwear during hiking or other forms of exercise. If you notice any nails changing colour or pain in the corners, soak your feet in warm water with a handful of salt on a daily basis during your planned activity. This helps cleanse the area and soft tissue around, and in turn eases pain and helps prevent infection. 

On return see your podiatrist.

Tired feet and how to rest them

Your feet have a way of telling you they have enjoyed your journey and they would like to rest. You should be proud of how much you have been able to accomplish. If they feel tired then this is completely normal. 

Soaking your feet in warm water with a handful of salt at the end of the day will provide relief to the soft tissue allowing for relaxation. Massaging your feet with a foot cream after, from the heel up to the toes, will help improve circulation. 

When going to sleep elevate the mattress using towels for example, so you can sleep with ease with your legs and feet elevated. Following these steps will help them feel fresh and ready for the next day.

Foot and ankle pain advice

Here are a few tips for certain types of injury:


These are usually associated with muscles, soft tissue, ligaments or tendons. If you or another are suffering from this, the key aspect is to use ICE/ COLD compress, elevation and strapping, along with rest when possible. 

Bone fracture pain

If you are unfortunate to get a fracture, it is important to seek medical attention. Get an X-ray to see the extent of the damage and rest with the foot and ankle elevated. Avoid walking and weight bearing as much as possible.

Toenail pain

Soak your foot in warm water with a handful of salt for 10-15mins on a daily basis. If you notice the nail is coming off, avoid tearing the nail off. You may cut the loose edges, but if you are unable to do so use a regular plaster to cover it. This will prevent any socks from catching and causing further trauma. 

Blister pain

Usually if small enough leave them alone. Use Compeed to cover and they will settle down. If the blister is large and needs to be drained make sure the area is cleansed and sterilized as much as possible. Occasionally, blisters can pop naturally - apply gentle pressure to aid the liquid to empty.  Use Compeed or alternative dressing to keep covered. Do not under any circumstance tear the roof of the blister away as this can stem more pain - an open wound can lead to a infection. 

Cuts/open skin

Cleanse the areas with salt water if you do not have access to sterilized saline, and apply antiseptic ointment. Cover the area with a dressing of your choice. It is advised to have your feet checked by a podiatrist at the end of the trip to ensure all aspects are in good condition.

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DG Podiatrist Ltd, 58 South Molton Street, Mayfair, W1K 5SL

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7706 1997

Email: info@dgpodiatrist.com

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Get Your Feet Autumn Ready

The time has come to say goodbye to your strappy sandals, pack away your flips flops and say adios to the sunshine. Autumn is here, so while you hunt for the perfect pair of boots and slip on a pair of your thickest socks, don't forget to make sure your feet are 'autumn-ready'. Here are a few DG Podiatrist tips:

Lose The Hard Skin
The hot summer months can leave your feet dry and damaged. Rub your feet with pumice stone for a few minutes to shed dry skin and apply a rich moisturiser to leave your feet soft. 

Take Care of Your Nails
It's easy to forget about your toe nails when they're tucked away in a big pair of wooly socks, but don't forget to keep them neat and clean even when they are hidden away. Maintain your toe nails by clipping them regularly and using a file to soften the edges.

Get a Medi-Pedi
A Medical Pedicure by DG Podiatrist is designed to ensure your feet are the best they can be. The perfect way to get your feet ready for the colder months with a touch of indulgence. 

Walking your way to health

We all do it! We all learnt how to do it from a young age. Walking of-course! Our feet have been our companions for a long time and its time for them to shine! National walking day is a brilliant way to promote your healthy lifestyle. Did you know walking is considered to be an excellent form of exercise with many health benefits? It may not feel like much but every step truly does count. Make today the day you decide to walk that extra mile, or take those stairs instead of the lift or escalator. Remember simply small changes like this have positive affects on the mind, body and spirit. Best part no gym membership required. Lets start today and sustain that fantastic energy. Left, right, left, right left…

Five scientific facts about walking

1. Reduce the risk of breast and colon cancer.
2. Reduce and prevent obesity.
3. Improves blood pressure and sugar levels.
4. Reduces risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
5. Increases energy and improves your stamina.

Five fun facts about walking

1. Scientists believed that walking originated underwater! Apparently from hopping from air-breathing fish.
2. In America walking is considered to be the most popular form of exercise.
3. Experts suggest walking 6,000 steps a day to improve health and 10,000 steps a day to lose weight
4. Studies have found not only can walking reduce stress but helps you becomes more creative.
5. Helps in maintaining healthy skin.

Five foot facts to keep walking

1. Wear comfortable walking shoes and trainers.
2. Walk at your own pace and increase speed in short and steady bursts.
3. Keep a water bottle on you to hydrate.
4. Wear socks in your shoes & trainers.
5. Alternate your footwear to keep them fresh!

If you do have any pain in the foot or ankle and are unsure about what it may be, book an appointment to see Dina Gohil to help soothe those soles.

5 Tips For Winter-Ready Feet

Here are 5 tips on how to keep your feet in tip-top condition this winter!

1. Moisturise your feet
For soft, flexible skin, use CCS cream. This cream is fantastic as it penetrates into the deeper layers of your skin, helping restore moisture and reduce the build-up of hard skin.

2. Be prepared for blisters!
Christmas and New Year might only mean parties and shopping until your dropping! If this is you, prepare for blisters from shoes that may rub you the wrong way.  If you're looking for a quick blister fix, pop to your local pharmacy for a well cushioned blister plaster to help relieve the pain.

3. Treat your feet to a saline soak
By treating your feet to a 10 minute saline soak after a long day’s work, feet can be revived, cared for and moisturised.  Add a handful of salt in a bowl full of warm water.

4. Choose footwear carefully
Our feet are usually wrapped up from the harsh weather in winter, and sometimes tight shoes can cause corns. If you're an avid skier or snowboarder, you know exactly what we're talking about! Protect your feet and relieve any pain with a quality blister plaster with extra cushion.

5. Have a medical pedicure
Our Medical Pedicures are a necessary luxury for your feet as it combines medical foot care with an indulgent, cosmetic touch. Not only will your feet feel incredible after the treatment, you will receive education throughout so you know exactly how your feet will benefit. 

Review: Saltskrub

I always get curious to see how products are packaged.  Saltskrub made sure to seal it air tight all the way from Denmark.  The clean and sophisticated tubs made me curious to the texture of the product.  I opened up each package like a child at Christmas, and inside each product was and ideal-sized wooden, engraved spoon that are provided with each tub. 

So, what did I think of the products?

SALT SCRUB for normal skin

The rich aromas,  of what smelt like apricots,  took over my bathing rituals. Each granule was visible in a creamy dune, and the sea salt elements intrigued me. Saltskrub advise to use the product on wet skin, needless to say that's exactly what I did. I gently scrubbed both my feet,  focusing on the areas that receive the most pressure from my gallivanting, London adventures, and then I washed away any residue. My feet were left feeling silky with an oily finish, almost when you just finish from a spa treatment. And the smell... it's delicious! Just be careful when exiting the bath or shower to avoid any indoor ice skating routines. 


Back to my sanctuary that I call my room for part two of the products; the foot oil. Time to do what I do best. Massaging from the heel up to the toes in circular and pulsating notions.  How did it feel? Never the same as when someone else does it for you but still very much much enjoyable - a great me time moment!  The Saltskrub Foot Oil began to absorb into my feet after a few minutes, leaving a light layer of oil and shine to the service of the skin.  It also had a pleasant scent,  however I couldn't quite figure out what it reminded me of.  Maybe when you try it you can let me know and we can figure it out together! 

These products have kept my feet feeling silky smooth for more than two days , which I must admit,  pleases me.  Overall, both products have a place in my bathtub routine. Even my sister had her eyes on them!


DG Podiatrist's London Fashion Week Round Up

London Fashion Week is the hot event in every fashionista's diary. Showcasing the very best in fashion, we've picked out our favourite shoes from the catwalk in this year's  2016 shows at London Fashion Week. 

Antonio Berardi
Antonio Berardi's spring/summer 2016 collection plays with sharp tailoring and romantic flowing silks that flow into footwear. 

Burberry fused modern and urban for spring/summer 2016, showcasing a collection packed full of black silks and signature trench coats finished with edgy, black open-toe heels.

Jean-Pierre Braganza
Jean-Pierre Braganza's collection was filled with colour. For spring/summer 2016, they predict bright pops of primary colours. We're loving the gentle nod to the popular 60s Mondrian design combined with contemporary edge.

Alterre's New Interchangeable Shoe

Alterre has launched their new patent-pending design, combining classic footwear design and effortless customisation. The innovative design solves the challenge of a quick-change. Gone are the days of stashing a spare pair of heels in your handbag! A simple snap of the strap and you’re ready for a work to play transition. 

The shoe is available in a 1 1/2 inch or a 2 1/2 inch heel in an array classic colours like black suede, blush leather and grey leather. We're spoilt for choice as there are more than 65 combinations available!

Each style is named after women Alterre deems admirable, from Mariln (Monroe) to Tilda (Swinton), the designer offers a style to suit every woman. Not only are the heels a style staple, they may even save you from an overcrowded wardrobe…

Feet Mag - The Magazine You Read With Your Feet

French foot product manufacturer Hansaplast has created a new magazine that's not only about feet but is actually designed to be read with your feet! The magazine is designed to flipped through with manicured toes leaving you to lie back and enjoy a good read. Hansplast has used thick, varnished paper and larger font so that readers can peer over their toes and get the latest on foot fashion.

The Feet Mag includes everything from your foot horoscope to playful photo shoots. The magazine is bursting with creative ideas and inspiration for your next pedicure. Having cover-ready feet has never been so important!

Read the first edition here

Are Your Feet Holiday Ready?

Summer is the time to put our feet on display, dig out our favourite sandals and walk that walk. But ladies have you checked the state of your feet? 

Most of the people in the UK don’t even know what a Podiatrist does, let alone how they can help your feet feel better and look great. A medical pedicure will ensure that your feet are checked for any irregularities and given essential maintenance that a normal pedicure can’t provide. 

Here's Dina's Top Tips for ensuring your feet are beautiful for summer;

1) Maintain your nails with a nail oil at least twice a week. Always wash and prep your feet before applying the oil and massage gently into the nail and cuticle area. 

2) Paint your toes perfect this summer with a quality nail polish to ensure optimum nail health. We are loving Bubblegum and Peachy Keen nail polish from carcinogen free brand Only Fingers + Toes. Make sure to remove nail varnish thoroughly and soak your feet for 10 minutes in salted warm water before applying a fresh coat. 

3) Take time out to massage your feet and ankles with an indulgent foot scrub. We can’t stop using Tri-Dosha foot scrub which is packed full of nurturing and invigorating ingredients for your feet and skin. 

4) If you’re the type of person that lives in flip flops try and alternate your footwear with other variations. We simply can’t get enough of Crocs’ huarache and rio collection! Comfort and style combined. 

5) Banish cracked skin around your heels. Use a foot file, emery board or pumice stone to gently rub away the hard skin, then apply your favorite rich moisturising cream to soften the skin.

6) Now we all love flip flops so if you're looking for a pair DG recommends FitFlops as they are the most supportive, meaning your feet will feel as fresh as they did the moment you stepped out to make great memories.

7) DG loves creme de la mer and their moisturising cream is just fabulous. Another called CCS cream which is a little stronger and great for those that suffer with hard skin or cracked heels! Make sure to moisturise daily to keep them fresh, smooth and summer ready.

8) Nice simple technique to keep those feet smelling fresh and itch free aka athletes foot soak your feet in either a few drops tea tree oil or alternatively two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in luke warm water for 10mins, two or three times a week. 

9) When the suns out your feet are out too! So make sure they are protected with sunscreen and topped up through the day. 

10) Having London’s medical pedicure by DG Podiatrist to make sure your feet are as best as they can be to enjoy and spoil over the summer holidays.