Taking care of your feet

We help you find your happy feet, with tips for buying foot-care products as well as shoes for school or ageing feet.
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01 .Foot-care products

Foot care and foot wear advice

There are plenty of foot-care products in the pharmacy and health store but which ones are worth buying (green light), and which should you avoid (red light)? We give you the lowdown on 10 popular foot products.

Green light Non-medicated callus and corn cushions – these doughnut-shaped pads can help provide relief from pressure on corns and calluses. To get rid of corns, soak your feet in warm water for 20 minutes, and rub away the softened, dead skin with an emery board, pumice stone or rough wash cloth. If they keep recurring, consider changing your shoe style.

Red light Callus and corn remover – preparations containing salicylic acid, including paint-on liquids and medicated pads, should be avoided except under professional supervision; especially by people with circulation problems caused by diabetes, for example. They may damage surrounding skin and cause infection.

Red light Plantar wart remover – like a corn and callus remover (above), wart remover can damage surrounding skin, causing infection. A common home remedy recommended by some medical professionals is coloured duct tape – cover the wart with a piece of duct tape 24 hours a day, six days a week, for six weeks. Non-medicated, doughnut-shape pads can help relieve pressure.

Orange light Foot files – used for scraping off hardened skin, they’re okay but go easy with them – don’t scrape until you bleed! A pumice stone is gentler.

Green light Moleskin – made of cotton flannel, with an adhesive backing, moleskin provides protection against friction that causes corns, calluses, bunions and blisters. It tends to stay in place better than band aids, even when wet from sweat, rain or puddles – it’s often recommended for running and hiking.

Red light Detox foot pads –stick-on patches that claim to absorb toxins from your body through your feet while you sleep. They don’t work!

Green light Foot powders – can help with smelly, sweaty feet, and tend to be better than sprays.

Orange light Orthotics – non-prescription orthotics are worth trying before you get fitted for prescription ones, which can cost hundreds of dollars. They may help provide support and cushioning for your feet which, in turn, may help with sore knees and back — although this isn’t backed up by studies. If you have fallen arches or flat feet, look for orthotics with arch support. For ongoing problems, consult a podiatrist.

Red light Magnetic ankle support – elastic bandages containing small magnets are safe to use, but there’s no convincing evidence these magnets offer any therapeutic benefit above and beyond the support from the bandage itself. Save your money and get the cheaper, magnet-less one.

Green light Heel balm – more than just a moisturiser for relieving dry, cracked heels, these often contain ingredients that exfoliate dead skin cells, leaving skin softer and smoother.

Know your experts

Podiatrists are allied-health professionals, dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of foot problems –including corns, bunions, ulcers, as well as lower limb biomechanical-related injuries and problems related to diabetes. Other services include gait analysis and prescribing orthotics. You don’t need a referral to see one, but some services attract a Medicare rebate – your GP can tell you if you qualify.

Orthopaedic surgeons specialise in musculoskeletal injuries and conditions (such as arthritis). Some go on to further specialise in foot and ankle surgery, and can also become members of the Australian Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society.

Pedorthists and orthotists prescribe and make orthotics.

Other allied health professionals that deal with foot, ankles and knees are physiotherapists, occupational therapists, chiropractors and osteopaths.

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We test 12 laptops that suit the whole family, with models ranging between $730 and $2100.

Mobile computersFri, 11 Nov 2011 10:48:00 GMT
HD webcam reviews http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/home-office/office-equipment/webcams-hd-review.aspx

Thanks to the Internet age, creating and sharing video content is as simple as talking to a camera on top of your PC.

Home officeWed, 09 Nov 2011 10:56:00 GMT
Dell XPS15z first look http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/mobile-computers/laptops/dell-xps15z-first-look.aspx

Dell's 15-inch XPS15z laptop exudes an image of professionalism, but how does it perform?

Mobile computersMon, 17 Oct 2011 15:01:00 GMT
Telstra USB 4G modem first look http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/internet/telstra-usb-4g-broadband-modem.aspx

Telstra claims its new USB 4G modem is up to 10 times faster than other 3G wireless internet options.

Networking and internetThu, 13 Oct 2011 14:59:00 GMT
Colour laser multifunction printers http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/home-office/printers/colour-laser-mfps-review-and-compare.aspx

We test 10 colour laser multifunction printers to see how they compare for performance, ease of use, features and value.

Home officeWed, 24 Aug 2011 15:25:00 GMT
Personal financial software http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/tutorials-and-guides/manage-your-money.aspx

Everyone has money concerns, but can personal financial packages help track expenses and manage your budget? We look at some of the online alternatives.

Networking and internetFri, 19 Aug 2011 09:29:00 GMT
ASUS Eee Pad Transformer First Look http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/mobile-computers/netbooks/asus-eeepad-transformer-first-look.aspx

A dedicated add-on keyboard makes the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer tablet more versatile than the average tablet.

Mobile computersMon, 13 Jun 2011 10:44:00 GMT
Acer Iconia A500 First Look http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/mobile-computers/tablet-computers/acer-iconia-a500-first-look.aspx

Read our quick review of Acer's 10 inch Android Honeycomb tablet. Competitor to the Apple iPad 2.

Mobile computersMon, 23 May 2011 11:05:00 GMT
Protect your privacy online http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/internet/protecting-your-privacy.aspx

Privacy violations can lead to more than embarrassment; unsecure personal details leave you open to identity theft.

Networking and internetMon, 02 May 2011 15:53:00 GMT
CHOICE Computer wins top honours again http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/computers-parts-and-accessories/Computer-parts-and-accessories-guides/choice-computer-wins-top-honours.aspx

Computers and accessoriesThu, 21 Apr 2011 14:50:00 GMT
Build a better browser http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/tutorials-and-guides/build-a-better-browser.aspx

All major internet browsers - Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome - come with a host of add-ons to supercharge your browsing.

Networking and internetWed, 13 Apr 2011 14:06:00 GMT
Apple iPad 2 First Look http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/mobile-computers/tablet-computers/apple-ipad2-first-look.aspx

Read our quick review of the Apple iPad 2, a slimmer, faster and cheaper follow-up to the original.

Mobile computersMon, 28 Mar 2011 12:43:00 GMT
Cyberclean first look http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/computers-parts-and-accessories/Computer-parts-and-accessories-guides/cyberclean-cleaning-gel.aspx

This cleaning gel claims to remove the grime found in keyboards and other electronic devices.

Computers and accessoriesMon, 07 Mar 2011 15:32:00 GMT
Samsung Galaxy Tab First Look http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/mobile-computers/tablet-computers/samsung-galaxy-tab-first-look.aspx

The 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab is the thin end of the wedge in a fast-growing all-out assault on the Apple iPad.

Mobile computersTue, 01 Mar 2011 13:10:00 GMT
ViewSonic ViewPad 7 First Look http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/mobile-computers/tablet-computers/viewpad-first-look.aspx

The tablet war hots up, as the ViewPad 7 joins the Samsung Galaxy Tab as rivals to the iPad.

Mobile computersTue, 01 Mar 2011 12:50:00 GMT
Netbooks and small laptop reviews http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/mobile-computers/netbooks/netbooks-review-and-compare.aspx

It’s the holy grail of laptop computing – a compact device you can carry everywhere, but with all the features you need at a reasonable price.

Mobile computersMon, 28 Feb 2011 16:16:00 GMT
Windows shortcut keys http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/tutorials-and-guides/shortcut-keys.aspx

This is the quick reference guide to Windows shortcut keys from CC Jan/Feb 2011.

Networking and internetFri, 11 Feb 2011 11:50:00 GMT
CHOICE Computer technology reliability survey 2010 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/computers-parts-and-accessories/pc-monitors-and-speakers/choice-computer-reliability-survey-2010.aspx

Desktop computers, laptops and printers, monitors and external hard-drives are part of our line-up this time.

Computers and accessoriesWed, 24 Nov 2010 14:01:00 GMT
Social networking and the media http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/internet/the-power-of-the-web.aspx

Forget hanging on the end of a customer service line if you have a gripe. Switch on your computer, log onto the internet and tell the world.

Networking and internetWed, 20 Oct 2010 11:06:00 GMT
Networking 101 http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/networking-accessories/networking-101.aspx

Share data and internet access between all your computers and devices, whether by cable or wireless. These basic principles will help you set up your own.

Networking and internetFri, 20 Aug 2010 16:36:00 GMT
RSS news feeds http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/internet/rss-news-feeds.aspx

Read our guide to RSS news feeds.

Networking and internetThu, 19 Aug 2010 15:54:00 GMT
External 2TB hard drives review http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/storage-devices/hard-drives/external-2tb-hard-drive.aspx

We review 9 of the latest drives with a variety of connections.

Storage devicesTue, 17 Aug 2010 10:57:00 GMT
ioSafe Solo First Look http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/storage-devices/hard-drives/iosafe-disaster-proof-external-hard-drive-first-look.aspx

It's shock-resistant and designed to withstand real world disasters.

Storage devicesFri, 30 Jul 2010 14:03:00 GMT
Apple iPad First Look http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/mobile-computers/tablet-computers/ipad-first-look.aspx

How good is the Apple iPad? Our video tells you what everyday users think of it.

Mobile computersMon, 31 May 2010 11:46:00 GMT
Net tops and mini PCs review http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/mobile-computers/netbooks/net-tops-and-mini-pcs.aspx

Most people can do just fine with the new wave of compact and inexpensive PCs for the desktop.

Mobile computersMon, 24 May 2010 15:25:00 GMT
Family tree software reviews http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/internet/family-tree-software.aspx

We review nine programs to help you trace and catalogue your family history.

Networking and internetFri, 30 Apr 2010 11:35:00 GMT
Budget computer monitor reviews http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/computers-parts-and-accessories/pc-monitors-and-speakers/budget-monitors-review-and-compare.aspx

We tested 16 widescreen displays for performance and ease of use - eight models in the 22-inch class and eight in the 24-inch class.

Computers and accessoriesMon, 08 Mar 2010 12:30:00 GMT
Computer user groups http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/computers-parts-and-accessories/Computer-parts-and-accessories-guides/computer-user-groups.aspx

We might be in the age of the internet, but computer user groups bring people together to learn more about computing and meet new friends.

Computers and accessoriesWed, 03 Mar 2010 14:00:00 GMT
Colour laser printer reviews http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/home-office/printers/colour-laser-printers-review-and-compare.aspx

We bought 10 colour laser printers designed for the home and small office and tested for speed, print quality and their ongoing running costs.

Home officeTue, 23 Feb 2010 11:17:00 GMT
Internet filter to go ahead http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/computers-and-online/networking-and-internet/internet/internet filter.aspx

A mandatory internet filter is to be introduced, the federal government announced late last year.

Networking and internetThu, 18 Feb 2010 15:42:00 GMT
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