|Daily Foot Care|
For foot comfort and better foot health
• First check your feet for blisters, cracks, cuts, scratches or any nail disorder. If you notice any changes, growths or abnormalities, consult your physician or a podiatrist immediately, especially if you are experiencing pain.
• To see the bottom of your feet, use a magnifying mirror.
• Wash your feet daily in lukewarm water with soap or an antibacterial cleanser. Make sure you wash between the toes using soapy fingers or a face cloth.
• Using the mild grit side of a pumice foot paddle that has been dipped in water, gently slough away any dead skin on heels or toes. The paddle should be dipped in the water regularly to remove dead skin and to re-hydrate the pumice. A nail brush can be used to clean the toe nails.
• Dry your feet thoroughly after washing or bathing, especially between the toes. This area, if not dried properly or completely, is an ideal breeding ground for athlete’s foot.
• Toe nails are softest after showering or bathing – this is a good time to trim them. With a standard toe nail clipper, cut your toe nails horizontally, making the nail even with the end of the toe. Never cut the corners – square corners help prevent ingrown toe nails.
• File toe nails with a toe nail file when nails are dry.
• There are no oil glands in the soles of the feet. Therefore, you must moisturize your feet daily, especially any dry, scaly areas on the heels or toes. There are many products on the market to do this. Find one that works for you. A cream works if it immediately absorbs into the skin, making the feet soft and lubricated. If the cream stays on top of skin making your feet greasy, then try something else.
Courtesy of Six Feet Productions