A lot is riding on your feet, so take care of them. Just imagine if they got injured and became too sore for you to walk! A little foot love every day can go a long way. And daily foot care is simple with our foolproof tips. Here’s how to care for your feet every day.
Keep them clean. Wash and dry feet in the tub or shower. Clean between your toes. Use an antibacterial soap and a nail brush to scrub away dirt and grime.
Don’t drip-dry. Dry feet thoroughly and carefully with a clean towel. This will help prevent athlete’s foot, a fungus that causes itchy, red, flaking skin between and around the toes.
Slough off the dead skin. Smooth rough soles and the edges of your feet every day with a pumice stone. This removes the dead skin on your feet and helps prevent the skin from splitting, infection, and the buildup of calluses.
Moisturize your feet every day with an unscented lotion. The skin on your feet is not naturally moist and needs the extra nutrients from a good quality lotion.
Give ’em a rubdown. Massage your feet every day as you moisturize to soothe sore, aching muscles and improve blood flow. Enjoy fragrant aromatherapy oils such as peppermint or chamomile.
Go round and round. Stretch your feet every morning by rotating your ankles in a circular motion, pointing and flexing your toes, and standing on your tiptoes to strengthen bones, tendons, and muscles.
Soak it up. Immerse your feet in a quick daily footbath. Fill with marbles and move feet gently on top of the marbles to stimulate the nerve endings.
Give yourself a pedicure. File your toenails so they’re smooth. File them straight across using an emery board, not a metal file. Avoid filing them too short or pulling on loose edges. Match the shape of your nail to the shape of your toe. This helps avoid splitting, ingrown toenails, fungus, and soreness. Push back the cuticles with a clean orangewood stick, and trim the excess if necessary.
Wear the right shoes. Wear comfortable shoes every day. Painful feet mean problem feet. Wear the right shoes for the right climate. Protect your feet in the rain and snow with proper waterproof footwear. If you walk or run for exercise, invest in top quality sneakers. In the summer, wear sandals so your feet can breathe. And don’t walk barefoot outside, as this can cause injury to your feet.
Walk it off. Walking stimulates the circulation to your feet and keeps them healthy and strong.
Use good sock sense. Avoid nylon socks and pantyhose and opt for more breathable cotton socks instead, if possible.
Keep an eye out. Examine feet for sores, infections, rashes, swelling, blemishes, or corns, and treat them promptly.It only takes a little time each day to treat your feet well, and these tips can keep them healthy and beautiful all year long.
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