HAPPY FEET!

Photo courtesy of Simon Howden

General Foot Care Tips For All Feet

  • Wash your feet daily.  Use lukewarm water and a mild soap or anti-bacterial soap.  Rinse off all soap and dry thoroughly, especially between the toes.
  • Trim nails straight across and not too short.  Don’t cut out or dig at the corners.  If you get an ingrown toenail, see a doctor.
  • Keep callouses under control.  Use a pumice stone or an abrasive foot scrub to remove the rough and dead skin.
  • Wear clean socks or stockings, changed daily.  Avoid any that are too short or too tight.
  • Wear shoes that fit.  Replace your shoes after six months of wear time as well worn shoes lose their ability to support the foot properly.
  • Exercise the muscles in your toes.  Simply wiggling your toes will do.  Adding a couple of marbles to your foot soak and rolling your feet around on top of them will stimulate the nerve endings.  Pick up the marbles with your toes, flex and contract your feet and toes then let go of the marbles.  This will allow the arches and muscles of your feet to stretch.
  • Go barefoot.  Shoes make your feet weak.
  • Get a foot massage.  Add a few drops of peppermint essential oil to your lotion for a sensational treat for your feet.

If you are prone to sweaty feet or athlete’s foot, these tips may help.

  • Wear shoes made of leather or canvas, not synthetic materials.  Sandals are a good choice too.
  • Switch shoes from day to day.  This allows the shoes to dry properly and helps prohibit the growth of bacteria.
  • Use foot powder.
  • See your doctor if severe problems persist.
  • Don’t ignore pain.  Painful feet are not normal.  Many foot conditions can be cured if you visit a chiropodist as early as possible.
  • Wash your feet daily in warm soapy water.  Do not soak the feet as this may cause them to become excessively dry.
  • Apply moisturizing cream all over the feet except in between the toes.

Keep your feet happy and they will reward you with a lifetime of mobility and activity.

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