Too many times, our feet just get neglected. We at ProMed think it’s about time everyone learned how to give their tootsies some real love. Remember, without healthy feet – life would be pretty miserable.
Let’s look at five different ways you can keep your feet in tip top shape
Look after your nails
If you let your nails grow too long, they can hit the edge of your shoes and bruise. If you clip them too short, you may trigger ingrown toenails. The best advice: Every three to four weeks, after you’ve showered or soaked your feet, use small clippers to trim, cutting straight across.
If you start to notice redness or inflammation around the nail (early signs of an ingrown nail), clean out the area by soaking your foot in vinegar diluted with water.
Soften up the skin
Moisturizing your feet should be your number one priority to avoid cracking skin. After your nightly shower and before bed, apply a moisturizer. (Wear socks overnight to prevent the cream from rubbing off.)
Remember dry toes and feet are a good thing
Bacteria and fungus that can lead to athlete’s foot and other infections that thrive in dark, moist environments. Remember to always change sweaty, damp socks and after a shower get right in between toes and make sure it’s all dry.
Scrub whenever you can
A good scrub in the shower can be very important to your overall foot health.
Use a nailbrush to get under the toe nails and get rid of any dirt and grime that may collect during the day. The other area to scrub is any rough, or callused, areas on your feet. You may find that your heel or the area under your big toe can get quite rough.
Use a pumice stone to help keep rough, tough skin at bay.
Don’t forget the sunscreen!
Your poor little feet often get forgotten when it comes to slip slop slap, but they can get burnt as quickly – and as badly – as any other area of your body. So if you’re going to be wearing thongs or going barefoot, apply a broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB-blocking) sunscreen.
If you think you’re feet need a little extra love and TLC, book in an appointment with one of your loving and caring podiatrists!