Basic Foot Care Tips For Year Round Exposure
There's nothing worse than having to take your shoes off and exposing rough cracked heels, corns, bunions and blisters. Our feet carry us many miles on a daily basis and they deserve special treatment after a long day. The following are a few basic tips to get your feet ready for year-round exposure and not just for spring or summer sandals.
- Blisters, corns, and bunions are some of the common foot ailments. Those pointy toe shoes are cute and in style, but your feet suffer greatly. A lot of foot ailments are due to neglect and abuse. According to the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) all three foot ailments can be helped or prevented by wearing the proper footwear. The APMA suggest using over the counter creams (avoiding acid preparations) and exfoliating products on corns. Blister shouldn't be broken, but if broken wash with soap and water; apply an antiseptic ointment and cover to prevent infection. Bunions can be helped by wearing shoes that have a wide toe box and consulting your podiatrist. If you suffer from diabetes consult your medical doctor or podiatrist to determine the best way to care for your feet.
- Make sure your feet stay clean by washing and drying between your toes and making sure you dry them well to prevent bacteria and fungi from forming, which thrives in moist areas. Always give your shoes time to air out and dry between properly. Using a little foot powder can help to keep your feet dry.
- If you have athlete's foot or any other fungal conditions, make sure to keep your towel and other accessories separate as bacteria can spread and avoid reusing it during the treatment as bacteria lay dormant for up to 4 weeks. Athletes feet can be contracted in swimming pool areas, gyms and anywhere a person's barefoot will come in contact with such as a dressing room.
- If you give yourself regular pedicure, and try using products that give your feet moisturization and hydration. Great method for softening skin, eliminating odor and soothing tired sore feet is pedicure treatment and exfoliation of dull tired skin of your feet.
Use exfoliating products to prevent or remove hard skin from your feet. There are various types of foot exfoliating treatments and products available in the market to choose from. While you're in the bathtub scrub your feet and heels with your favorite body scrub to keep them soft and smooth.
- Try to avoid going to lower scale salons for your pedicure treatment as they may use the same tools on everyone. Try to keep your own personal pedicure tools for your in-home pedicure, make sure you wash your tools with an antibacterial soap to get rid of any bacteria that may form before using again.
- If you have very dry skin use moisturizing lotion or cream on your feet. Apply after a bath or shower and then place socks on your feet, which will make them extra smooth and moisturized in the morning and ready for those open toe sandals.
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- When wearing open sandals, flip-flops or going barefoot at the beach, use sunscreen on the top of your feet. Don't forget to reapply after coming out of the water.
- Treat your feet to a massage, in-home or at a professional salon. Our feet carry us many miles on a daily basis and deserve special treatment.
Remember your feet can look great year round with a little care and proper footwear. Your feet are the key to your mobility and taking care of your feet today will prevent future problems.
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