Many of us, fastidious though we are about our beauty routine, allow foot care to take a back seat and often neglect them totally. They are the most strained and over-worked parts of our bodies, despite which they are the least, cared for. We must remember that lack of proper foot care can lead to many foot problems e.g. corns and bunions, cracks, infections and ingrown nails, including skin that is rough and hard. As we grow older, it becomes even more important to care for our feet in right earnest. Pedicures don’t cost much, so why not indulge yourself and give your feet a bi-weekly pedicure treat to keep them looking soft and pretty, or else go in for a home pedicure. You can keep your feet in good shape by adhering to the following routine:
1. The first step to good foot care is to remove any hard skin from your feet. Apply cream generously on the area, using a good pumice stone to remove the dead foot skin.
2. Follow by soaking feet in a bowl of warm water to soften the dirt and dead skin, allowing you to remove it easily. Use a foot file to gently rub the skin, then rinse off all flaky residue.
3. After this soak your feet for about 10-minutes in a bowl of warm water. Add some mineral salts or palm sea salts, along with a few drops of lavender essential oils to relieve any aches and pains and to reduce swellings, if any.
4. Dry feet thoroughly especially between the toes.
5. Massage your feet with a rich foot cream; however, avoid cream in between the toes.
6. Use a nail trimmer to trim toenails, cutting them straight across and not too short. Don’t cut the corners, as this can lead to in-growing toenails.
7. Inspect feet on a regular basis, paying special attention to any colour or temperature changes.
8. Contact a chiropodist immediately, in case of foot pain or if toenails become thick, tough and discoloured.
9. Monitor any foot growths, such as, corns calluses and verrucae’s.
10. Consult a chiropodist on how to treat peeling or excessively dry skin.
11. Itchy feet could be a sign of fungal skin infection. A chiropodist should be able to help you.
12. Select appropriate shoes for your feet. Remember to purchase new shoes later in the day when feet tend to be at their largest.
13. Wear new shoes in slowly.
14. Change socks regularly. Don’t wear socks made from synthetic fibre. Always, opt for 100% cotton socks, especially those who live in hot countries and sweat a lot.
15. Relax your feet and keep them looking soft and supple by massaging them each night with oil, such as, warm sesame or mustard oil in winter and enjoy the cooling effect of coconut oil in the summer time.