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Common Ailments of the Feet and Their Causes

Compression Socks ActivaWe saw an insightful article recently that listed common ailments of the feet and legs indicating what they might mean for your health. We take a closer look at these below:

Swollen Ankles

Swollen ankles can commonly be as a result of swelling or oedema. Swelling may come as a result of being on your feet all day, however oedema indicates an excess in watery fluid around the ankles. Oftentimes the symptoms lessen on their own with rest however if these persist it might be that a visit to the GP is a good idea.

Compression socks can also help to ease symptoms - and Activa compression socks were mentioned for this particular symptom. You can browse our Activa selection here.

Pitted Toenails

Pitted toenails could actually be a sign of psoriasis, a chronic skin condition. Key to treatment of this is hydration of the skin which brings relief from associated itchiness and discomfort.

Dry Feet

Dry feet can be an indicator of arterial disease or athletes foot. Potential causes can be hot showers, baths or a natural consequence of ageing. However one more serious cause can be poor circulation, a potential indicator of arterial disease. This is a hardening of the arteries due to a buildup of plaque.


Cramps can be indicative of a lack of magnesium, calcium or potassium and debilitating to experience. Supplementing your diet to include more of these minerals can help reduce cramps. Some recommended foods in this instance include; green leafy veg, fish, tofu, nuts, seeds and oranges.

Cold Feet

Cold feet could be a sign of hormone deficiency and that your thyroid isn’t working as it should. By affecting metabolism this can mean heat doesn’t circulate as well around the body. Keeping those toes warm therefore is an important way to mitigate these symptoms - so invest in a pair of extra thick socks!

If you’re looking to help improve circulation and ease foot problems, compression socks and hosiery may well be a great solution for you. Our business is family run and we’d be delighted to help you choose the best product to suit your needs.