For Year-Round Exposure, Here Are 10 Basic Foot Care Tips
Nothing is more aggravating than having to remove your shoes and reveal roughly broken toes, corns, bunions, and blisters. Our feet take us several miles a day, and they deserve special care at the end of the day. Here are a few easy tips for getting your feet ready for year-round exposure, not just for sandals in the spring and summer.
1. Bunions, corns, and blisters Oh, my goodness!
Those pointy toe shoes are cool and trendy, but they do a lot of damage to your feet. Neglect and bullying are to blame for a lot of foot problems. According to the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), all three-foot conditions can be aided or avoided by wearing proper footwear, which is precisely what my grandmother would tell me over and over…needless to say; I didn’t listen.
Corns should be treated with over-the-counter creams (avoid acid preparations) and exfoliating products, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). Blisters should not be broken, but if they are, they should be washed with soap and water, then covered with an antiseptic ointment to avoid infection. Wearing shoes with a big toe box and consulting a podiatrist will help with bunions. If you have diabetes, talk to your doctor or a podiatrist about the right way to take care of your feet.
2. Keep your feet clean by washing and drying between your toes and drying them thoroughly to avoid the formation of bacteria and fungi, which thrive in moist environments. Allowing your shoes to air out and dry between wears is recommended, and using a little foot powder will help keep your feet dry.
3. If you have an athlete’s foot or some other fungal infection, Dr Scholl’s Foot Center advises against reusing your towel during treatment because bacteria will remain dormant for up to four weeks. Athletes’ feet may be contracted in swimming pools, gyms, and any other place that a person’s barefoot can come into contact with, such as a locker room.
4. If you want to give yourself a home pedicure, soak your feet for about 10 minutes in a foot tub filled with 1 cup of Epsom salt or sea salt and 2 gallons of water. It is an excellent technique for softening skin, removing odour, and relaxing tired, aching feet. You may even soak your whole body in Epsom salt when taking care of your feet.
5. Use exfoliating items on your feet to avoid or strip rough skin. There are a variety of foot exfoliating remedies, pumice stones, and files to choose from on the market. Scrub your feet and heels with your favourite body scrub when you’re in the shower to keep them soft and shiny.
6. Bring your pedicure equipment, as some lower-cost salons use the same tools for all customers. Before using your tools again for your at-home pedicure, make sure to wash them with an antibacterial soap to remove any bacteria that might have developed.
7. If your polish cracks or peels before your next pedicure, you can fix it using your polish to touch up a toe or two in between appointments. When I wear closed-toed shoes, the polish rubs off my baby toe, and rubbing up one toe is better than removing the polish and repainting all ten when changing into open-toed shoes.
8. Use an ultra-moisturizing lotion or cream on your feet if you have dehydrated skin. Apply after a bath or shower, and then wear socks to keep your feet extra smooth and moisturized in the morning, so they’re ready for those open-toe sandals.
9. Apply sunscreen to the tops of your feet while wearing open sandals, flip-flops, or going barefoot at the beach. Remember to reapply after you’ve gotten out of the water.
10. Get a foot massage, either at home or at a specialist salon. Our feet cover a lot of ground regularly and deserve special attention.
Remember that with a bit of TLC and the proper footwear, your feet will look amazing all year. Your feet are the key to your mobility, and taking care of them now will avoid complications in the future.