One of the most overlooked parts of our body is our feet. Many people don’t even bother to take care of their feet unless they feel several foot problems. But it doesn’t have to be! Just as how important skin care is, foot care is also paramount. Here are important tips to take care of our feet.
Apply warm foot bath made of tannic acid.
First off, soak your feet in water or a foot bath for 10 to 15 minutes to help soften the skin. Then gently remove the thickened skin with a pumice stone. An experienced Edgecliff podiatry like Orthotic Solutions Podiatry recommends a warm foot bath made of tannic acid. Tannic acid is a natural antibacterial agent that may reduce the chance of getting athlete’s foot.
Keep them clean.
Clean feet are happy feet. By keeping your feet clean, you’re less likely to get fungal infections. Wash feet in warm water and mild soap. This helps to soften and clean your skin and nails. After you’ve soaked your feet, gently remove any calluses and dead skin using a pumice stone. NEVER cut the dead skin from your feet.
The skin on your feet is the same as the rest of your body and therefore is prone to dryness. After washing your feet, make sure to moisturise them. During the winter months, you may want to repeat this throughout the day.
Apply cream to the skin focusing on the heels and calloused areas but avoid using between the toes. You can find several creams and foot masks on the market specifically formulated for the feet.
Get a good massage.
While you’re moisturising, why not give your feet a massage. A foot message can help relieve tension and tired, aching feet. You can also get a good massage at home by carefully rolling your feet back and forth over a rolling pin.
Trim your toenails.
Trim your toenails each week or when needed. It’s best to trim your toenails straight across and file the edges with an emery board or nail file. Make sure that you’re cutting your toenails regularly as nails that are too long can press against the end of the shoe, creating pressure that can cause soreness, infection and ulceration.
Wear the right shoes.
A large part of foot care is making sure that you wear the right shoes. Many of us are on our feet all day so it’s important to wear comfortable, well-fitting shoes. High heels can cause a wide range of foot problems including callouses, ingrown toenails and joint pain.
If you can’t bear to be parted from your heeled shoes then try adding orthopedic pads or insoles to give more support. Platform shoes are slightly better for your feet as they distribute the pressure so it isn’t all on the ball of your foot.
Visit your podiatrist.
If you’re experiencing any foot problems or if you have a long term condition which may put your feet at risk, book an appointment with a podiatrist Sydney CBD from Orthotic Solutions Podiatry for treatment.