Your feet move you through the world, help you stand up to your day, and ground you. They also need to be kept soft, strong and free of problems.
These 6 steps will help your feet stay fabulous.
1. Soak Your Feet
A relaxing foot soak for 15-20 minutes will do wonders. You may add aromatherapy salts or oils to the water. Do not use water that is too hot. This will cause your skin to dry out more. Use a toenail brush to gently scrub your toenails at the end of your soak. If you have an open sore on your foot, check with your podiatrist before soaking.
2. Remove hard skin
Gently remove hard skin and calluses with a pumice stone or foot file regularly.
Scrub your entire foot with a gritty foot scrub. Some scrubs wash with tangerine peels, while others have crystallized beads. This scrub will help remove all the dry skin and rough patches that still remain on your feet.
3. Take a shower.
Make sure your feet are clean. Scrub them well with a good body wash.
Generally you won't need to wash your feet throughout the winter months unless they get really dirty for some reason but in the summer when you are going barefoot at the beach, washing and cleaning your feet is a must. Seeing someone with dirty feet is not pretty so make a habit of cleaning your feet off before you go to bed each night.
If your heels are very dry and cracked, see a podiatrist or dermatologist for a prescription treatment. If they’re not that bad, there are plenty of moisturizing products from which to choose.
First, you might try some medicated heel pads, which don't need a prescription, to soften calluses while you walk. After you’ve exfoliated the calluses(scars), use a heavy cream to moisturize tough skin on your heel.
Look for creams containing petrolatum, an emollient, or a humectant such as lactic acid, which draws moisture into the skin.
5. Stop the Sweating
Excessive sweating (perspiration) can be a breeding ground for fungus and odor. Try an over the counter anti-perspirant (like you use on your underarms). Make sure it is an anti-perspirant and not a deodorant. If odor is a problem, get a shoe insert that has charcoal as an ingredient. Charcoal helps absorb odors.
6. Choose Your Shoes Wisely
Sometimes the shoes you wear to make your feet look pretty end up doing the opposite. Certain shoes may cause blisters, corns or callouses. Even though your feet look the same, one is usually slightly larger than the other. Buy the shoe size that fits the larger foot.
7. Avoid blisters and treat all cuts.
Be aware that new shoes can give you blisters when worn for a long period of time at first. To avoid this, wear them around the house before going out. If you do get blisters, make sure that you treat them right away by cleaning and covering them as untreated cuts can make lasting scars.