…..and in the blink of an eye the party season is over and the feet are in desperate need of some TLC.
Still haven’t set your new year’s resolutions? Don’t worry it’s still only January. It’s not too late to make some important changes this year. Put your best foot forward and start by looking after your feet. They deserve it after all! Well cared for feet make comfortable feet and everyone deserves a bit of comfort!
Simple tips to look after your feet:
Wash your feet daily in warm soapy water. Do not use very hot water as this is not necessary and can burn the skin. Do not leave your feet soaking in the water as this causes the skin to dry out. Similarly, if you wash your hands a lot, they too become dry.
Dry your feet thoroughly. Pay special attention to the area in between the toes. Dampness between the toes can lead to fungal infections of the skin (aka Athlete’s Foot). Fungal infections thrive in warm, damp environments therefore in between the toes is an ideal place for fungal infections. Dry those feet properly!
It is best to cut your toenails directly after washing as they tend to be softer and easier to cut. Trim the nails regularly but do not cut them too short. Try to cut the nails relatively straight across and do not cut down the sides as this can lead to ingrown toenails. Remember to remove any sharp edges or spikes. File the nails to smooth any jagged edges.
If you have callus/ hard skin, you can use a foot file or pumice stone to gently remove any excess build up. Do not file too severely as you risk damaging the skin. If you have corns do not attempt to treat them at home. This could cause further damage or infections. Instead visit a Podiatrist for the correct treatment.
Apply a foot cream to help prevent dry skin, corns & callus. Apply all over the feet except in between the toes. Again this can cause fungal infections as it leaves the area damp. Emollients with a high percentage of urea are best.
Try to avoid wearing high heel shoes if possible. They may add the finishing touches to an outfit but can also cause foot pain, corns and blisters. Limit the wearing of high heels to special occasions only.
Choose wool, cotton or bamboo socks. Ensure that your socks are the correct size for your feet and ankles. Do not wear socks that leave a mark on your leg due to being too tight. If you have diabetes, neuropathy or poor circulation, try to wear seamless socks. A handy tip is to turn your socks inside out to prevent the seam from rubbing off your feet.
If you have pain or discomfort in your feet, seek the help of a specialist such as a Podiatrist. Do not attempt to self-diagnose or treat.