Cuts, sores, swelling, infected toenails, bad odor, dead skin, damaged cuticles, blisters, are all problems we face with our feet daily. If your feet are giving you too much trouble you might be doing something wrong or perhaps not doing anything at all, here are a few tips on how to take care of your feet so that they stay healthy and pretty. foot care
By Mariam Elhamy
- Always keep your toenails short to avoid them pushing inside your shoes. Trim your toenails straight across with a nail clipper. Then use a nail file to smooth the corners which sometimes grow into the skin and cause chipped nails.
- If your feet sweat constantly you need to wash them often with antibacterial soap making sure to clean between your toes and drying your feet very well. foot care
- Scrub! Give your feet a gentle scrub with an abrasive stone or a natural scrub to remove any dead skin and leave them feeling smooth and refreshed. Here are a few easy scrubs you can make at home
- Moisturize your feet daily with vitamin E lotion or cream. Don’t put cream between your toes, you want to keep the skin there dry to prevent infection. foot care
What Causes Foot Odor?
The two main culprits are sweaty feet and shoes. When your sweat mingles with the bacteria in your shoes and socks, it creates an odor.
To combat feet sweatiness do the following: foot care
- Dust your feet with baby powder or nonmedicated foot powder before wearing your shoes.
- Wear clean, dry socks.
- Wear shoes that let your feet breathe.
- It’s not good to spend all day in socks and shoes. Make sure your feet have time to be free of any footwear and allow air to circulate around them.
- Soak your feet in strong black tea (two tea bags per 4 cups, boiled for 15 mins and mixed with cool water). foot care
To prevent feet soreness, blisters and leg pain you could use a shoe insert or insole which is a silicon piece that you put inside your shoe before wearing it. It provides extra support for different parts of your feet, like your heel, arch or ball of the foot.
Note: Always consult your doctor before using inserts.