Foot Care for your Feet
10 March 2023 By Lex Off

Foot Care for Your Feet

Foot Care for Your Feet: We brush our teeth a couple of times each day. Wash our hands and faces many times. But when it comes to our feet the cleaning they get in the bath or shower is usually it. Feet rarely get the care and attention they deserve. Without proper care, sooner or later will develop problems that can affect a person’s mobility and the quality of life. Here are some simple things to consider as part of your foot care routine.

Keep your feet clean: Wash them every day in warm, soapy water. Keep them looking and smelling fresh. Soaking them on a regular basis could do more harm than good. Do this and you will wash away natural oils your body produces. This can lead to dry, cracked skin and other issues.

Remove any hard skin or calluses: Use a foot file or a pumice stone to gently remove any hard skin. Remove calluses that build up in high pressure areas, like on the balls of your feet or heels. Do be gentle, though. Excessive filing can work through and damage the new skin underneath.

Dry your feet well: After washing your feet, dry them well to avoid moisture lingering. Concentrate especially on the areas between your toes, where constant dampness can help promote the growth of fungal infections, like athlete’s foot.

Athlete’s foot: Caused by a fungus that thrives in warm, dark, humid environments. Dressing rooms, showers, and swimming pool locker rooms. Your bare feet come in contact with the fungus, which then takes up residence on your foot. Athlete’s foot can be hard to treat so see your doctor. Soaking your feet in warm water with Epsom salts can provide some relief.

Look after your nails: You should always trim them across in a straight line; never try to shape them at an angle or round them. If you do this, you run the risk of the nails growing at an uneven pace and causing ingrown toenails, a painful condition that can result in inflammation, bleeding and even infection.

Exfoliate: as we walk causes the skin on the soles of the feet to become rough and hard. Use a pumice stone or a special exfoliating file to rub away the dead skin. If there are stubborn hard patches that remain even after some days of exfoliation, a hard skin remover, can be used.

Moisturise: If you are prone to dry skin, use a moisturising cream on your feet regularly. Avoid the areas between the toes. Using a moisturising cream or lotion will keep the skin soft an supple and over time, reduce the amount of exfoliation that needs to be done. It is better to use a deep penetrating moisturiser because the skin on the feet is thicker than that on the rest of the body.

Take Care When Shoe Shopping: One of the biggest causes of foot problems, is wearing badly fitting shoes or fashion shoes that force your feet into tight toes and the like. Skip the flip-flops and flats. They don’t provide enough arch support.

Socks: Make sure you buy the right size. Too large and they may bunch in areas around your feet and rub. Too small around the ankle or in the toes, and they may result in reducing the blood circulation. Socks should be changed every day, and, if possible, more often in hot humid conditions where the feet sweat more. Natural fibers such as cotton are the best option because they absorb sweat and allow the feet to breathe better that artificial fibers.

Type of shoes: Always wear the right kind for the type of activity you’re doing  so get specialist advice if you exercise by running or walking long distances, for instance. If you must wear high heels, try and limit the time you spend in them. Varying the height of heel you wear can also help.

Rotate Shoes: Do not wear the same pair of shoes every day. Giving shoes a day to breathe and dry out before being worn again will protect your feet for the damage that this dampness could cause. It will also help to ensure that there is no odor from the shoes. Special shoe odor removing powders are available.

If you’re going shoe shopping, go in the afternoon! Your feet naturally swell as the day goes on, so afternoon shoe shopping helps you choose a pair that are comfortable all day long.