Tips: 7 Ways To Take Care Of Your Feet Every Day
Your feet are your most precious source of transportation. Without your feet, you could not walk, run, skip, dance or take the stairs. Think about how much you use your feet on any given day. Now, think about how much and how often you take care of your feet. Do you treat your feet well? Most people do not, but you can always start, and your feet will thank you!
1. Wash your feet!
Everyone says they wash their feet, but they are often referring to a quick and light brush with a washcloth or loofah. This isn’t really washing your feet. Next time you’re in the shower or bath, use a washcloth and a nail brush to wash all around the bottoms of your feet. Get in between the toes as well.
2. Remove calluses
While you’re in the shower or bath, it may be a good idea to pay attention to those calluses and rough spots that may be growing on your feet. The best way to do this is by using a pumice stone. Lightly rub the pumice stone over very callused areas to sand them off.
As a side note, never use the foot shavers that are sold at some drugstores and online. These are made to actually shave off layers of calluses on your feet. The problem is that they can deeply cut your feet and cause serious infection. Remember that your feet do need some calluses because they are what touch the ground and protect your flesh from possibly sharp or abrasive items on the ground. The bottoms of your feet should not be perfectly smooth and soft like other skin on your body.
3. Moisturize after washing
When you get out of the shower or bath, make sure you have a thick moisturizing lotion on hand. While the pores in your feet are open from the hot water, you should moisturize them. Moisturizing your feet is especially important during the colder months because it helps to prevent cracking and splitting of the skin. Put socks on right after you moisturize to hold the moisture in.
4. Give them a soak
When you’re standing all day, your feet are often sore when you get home. Take care of them by putting those footsies in a nice, warm foot bath. Add some moisturizing bubble bath or soothing bath salts to the water for an aromatic experience. You can also simply soak your feet in the tub if you prefer to take a full body bath.
5. Massage them
Have you ever had a foot massage? If not, you are missing out! Many massage therapists say that if you can only massage one part of your body on a regular basis, it should be your feet. That’s because there are many pressure points in your feet. Go to a massage therapist, ask your partner for a foot rub or if you are trying to save money, do it yourself!
6. Make sure you are wearing the right shoes
This is one of the most important steps to taking care of your feet. You absolutely must have the right shoes. This is especially true if you work in an occupation where you are constantly walking around or standing all day.
Sometimes, finding the right shoes takes a lot of work, and they may be expensive, but in the end, having shoes that comfort and cradle your feet will be worth it. Make sure to find shoes that have ample room in the footbed and toe. This is very important because a lot of people forget that their feet will swell as the day goes on. This must be taken into consideration.
7. Lose weight if you need to
Finally, if you are overweight or obese, it may be time to drop those extra pounds. Necessary weight loss will help your overall health, but it will also help your feet. Consider how hard it is for those tiny foot joints to carry a bunch of excess weight. Feet aren’t meant to carry hundreds of extra pounds.
In addition, those who suffer from type II diabetes have a heightened risk for developing poor circulation in their feet. This can lead to necessary foot amputation over time. That’s a scary thought, but you can prevent these complications from occurring if you take charge of your weight and learn to eat healthy and exercise on a regular basis. The symptoms of type II diabetes can often be helped by losing weight.
Try these 7 ways of taking care of your feet today. You are bound to notice a strong difference in the way you feel overall. Remember, treat your feet with respect, and they will take you far!