Foot Care Tips At Home
In this article, you will find at-home foot care tips and some homemade foot care recipes to keep your feet healthy and soft.
One can judge your hygiene by simply looking at your shoes or feet. If your feet are not healthy, walking can become painful for you. Therefore, foot care tips are important not only for having beautiful feet but also for staying active and comfortable throughout your life.
Follow these “foot care tips” that can enhance the beauty of your feet, ensure optimal moisturization and protect against bacterial and fungal infections.
Foot care is more important for people with diabetes as they have an increased risk of infections, especially in their feet. If cuts and sores get infected, the treatment becomes very complicated.
Foot Care Tips – How To Keep Your Feet Healthy and Soft?
Signs of un-hygiene feet: Check your feet often. Look for cuts, cracks, redness, blisters, swelling, change of color or any sign of trauma. Use a mirror to look at all areas of the bottoms of your feet.
Washing: Wash your feet daily with look warm soapy water. Dry your feet thoroughly. Make sure to dry with a towel, especially between the toes also. An effective exercise is to put some marbles in the bath water and roll your feet around on top of them to stimulate the nerves.
Dead cells: While washing your feet, scrub them, especially the heels, with a foot scrubber regularly. This is good for removing dead cells and keeps your feet soft. This is a preventive foot care tip.
Massage: Give a massage to your feet once a week. Add a few drops of peppermint essential oil to your massage lotion for a sensational treat to your feet.
Keep your feet hydrated: Before you retire for the day, wash your feet and dry them thoroughly. The skin on the soles of your feet has no oil glands. So, to keep them soft, apply moisturizer or glycerin, especially at the heels, every night, and pull on a pair of cotton socks before you sleep. Make sure not to apply moisturizer between the toes.
Toenails: Trim your toenails straight across and then smooth the edges with an emery board or a nail file each week. Trim your toenails after a bath or shower, as they are soft at that time and easy to cut.
Corns and Calluses: Total Foot care requires that you take care of dead skin that forms at the pressure points such as heels, toes, and bony areas of your feet. They are common if you wear sandals or flip-flops due to the repeated friction of your feet at certain points when you move around. Use a pumice stone or a foot file to smooth corns and calluses after a bath or shower. Do not use sharp objects to remove them. You can also apply over-the-counter creams containing lactic acid to hydrate and exfoliate your dead skin.
Note: Avoid medicated corn and callus removal pads, which can burn your skin and aggravate the problem. For advanced cases, consult your podiatrist, who may prescribe stronger moisturizing lotions.
Selection of footwear: A good foot care tip ensures that your shoes fit with sufficient room to twist your toes. When you buy shoes, get your feet measured while standing and not sitting, preferably later in the day when the feet are a bit swollen. The size and shape of your feet change as you age and during pregnancy. Before you put on shoes, look for any foreign objects inside, such as gravel, as that can cause irritation or sores. Wear comfortable shoes that have smooth linings and fit well. Wear clean, well-fitting cotton socks.
Blood circulation: Keeps the blood flowing to your feet. Wiggle your toes and twist your feet 3 -4 times a day. While sitting, don’t cross your legs for long periods, as it limits blood circulation.
Prevent smelly feet: Closed shoes and sweaty feet cause a strong foul odor. If you have smelly feet, wear sandals for airflow whenever possible. Avoid wearing the same shoes two days in a row so that they get a chance to dry out. You can spray Lysol on your shoes to kill bacteria. Otherwise, they will cause odor.
Prevent cracked and itchy skin: Sometimes, you may get itchy, cracked, and peeling skin, especially between the toes. This is a fungal infection. If you leave it untreated, it will spread to your nails. So try a good over-the-counter antifungal spray or cream. If the infection persists, consult your doctor, who will prescribe an oral antifungal medication.
Ingrown toenail: This is a condition when the edge of your nail grows into the surrounding skin folds. To avoid this, try trimming your toenails straight across; rounded corners on the edge of the nail may grow into the skin. Avoid wearing restrictive footwear. If painful, to treat ingrown toenails, soak your affected foot in an Epsom salt bath for twenty minutes twice a day. This will reduce inflammation. If the pain does not go away or when there is swelling, see your podiatrist as you may be having an infection.
Avoid too hot or too cold: Keep bath water at a moderate temperature. In the case of neuropathy patients, they may not be able to feel even if the water is too hot, and they may burn their skin. Also, never use heating pads. On the other hand, do not use too cold water either. A prolonged cold can decrease blood circulation even more.
Last but not least: Although the above foot care tips will take care of your feet, it is recommended that when you go to your doctor next time, get a check on your bare feet. Sometimes you may not have any injury or feel pain, but a doctor can see if there is any indication of your developing a foot problem. And in case you notice a cut, blister, sore, or bruise that does not begin to heal after one day, you must consult a doctor.
Bonus Foot Care Tips
(i) Homemade Foot Care Soak: Fill a tub with warm water. Squeeze two/three lemons and add the lemon juice to the water. Also, add two-three spoons of cinnamon powder, two tablespoons of olive oil, and a half cup of milk into water and mix well. Soak your feet in the water for ten to fifteen minutes. Now wash your feet with mild soap, dry out your feet thoroughly and apply a good foot care cream.
(ii) Homemade Foot Care Lotion: Mix one tablespoon each of Almond oil, Olive oil, and Wheat Germ oil and add ten drops of Eucalyptus Essential. Shake this mixture well and store it in a cool & dry place. Apply this lotion to your feet (especially heels) after you have washed and dried your feet.