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Brits develop ‘lockdown feet’ in pandemic & it could be time to ditch slippers

Staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic has many many Brits swapping their work shoes for some comfy slippers while around the house.

But it seems like this could have caused many health issues with them developing 'lockdown feet'.

And what is this you ask?

Well, the fancy medical term for it is plantar fasciitis, and to you and us that means a pain in the arch or heel of your foot.

The College of Podiatry has warned one of the causes is floppy soles or poor quality footwear – such as those fluffy socks or slippers you've been wearing while at home.

Emma McConnachie, a spokesperson for the foot health specialists, 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."

There are signs that you could be suffering from plantar fasciitis.

The main symptom of the condition is pain on the bottom of your food and around your heel and arch.

This pain is likely to become much worse when you start walking after sleeping or resting.

The pain is also likely to feel better during exercise, but returns after resting.

Those who have the condition may also have difficulty raising their toes off the floor.

As well as flimsy footwear, other causes of the condition could include recently starting to exercise on a hard surface (which many could have done during home workouts), exercising while your calves are tight or if you stretch your sole too much while you are exercising.

According to the NHS, you may also develop the condition if you recently started doing more walking or running – which many have done while in lockdown.

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However, it should be noted that different types of pain in the foot can be caused by a variety of things.

If you feel pain in your ankle and heel, or you get a pain in your calf when standing on tiptoes, you could have Achilles tendonitis. This is when a tendon swells up after an injury.

And in very rare cases, it could be a sign that you have diabetes. This is because your blood sugar can affect the sensation in your feet, according to

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