It is important to take care of your feet to prevent problems such as bunions, corns, and ingrown toenails. Furthermore, in the summertime when sandals are commonly worn, it is nice to have feet that are clean and free from unsightly blemishes and calluses. So, how do you maintain the health and look of your feet? What can you do to make them look nice when wearing open-toe shoes?
Clean Your Feet Every Day
Your feet need to be cleaned and dried properly every day. It is best to steer clear of both hot and cold water, instead opting for tepid water. Water that is too hot can damage skin and cause dryness. Once the feet have been washed, make sure to dry them carefully, especially before putting on any socks or shoes. If the feet are damp and you place them inside socks or shoes, you are increasing the risk of bacteria, which tends to grow in moist, warm places. These bacteria can cause a range of issues, including fungal infection.
If you really want to care for your feet, apply a soothing foot lotion or moisturizer after washing and drying them and allow this to fully absorb before putting your socks and shoes on. This helps to prevent dry and cracked skin.
Choose Your Shoes Carefully
It is important to make sure that you are wearing shoes that fit properly and are not too tight. Shoes that are too tight can lead to blisters, which can then in turn become infected. Too tight shoes can also cause foot problems such as bunions and corns.
Sneakers, while one of the most comfortable shoes, can also lead to fungal infection and other issues. This is often because people find them so comfortable that they wear them day in, day out, never giving them time to air out.
If you have found a pair of sneakers that you just love wearing, ShoeFresh, makers of shoe deodorant, recommend using a shoe deodorizer spray to keep the shoes smelling fresh and help prevent fungal infection.
High-heeled shoes are sexy and feminine, but they should really not be worn every day, even if they do look fantastic. Because of the way they are designed, they tip the feet forward, which can put pressure on the knees and spine. They also affect the natural position of the feet, which can, with prolonged use, lead to pain.
Check Your Feet Often
It is a good idea to get into the habit of checking your feet regularly for signs of damage or skin problems. If you notice cuts, cracked skin, or other issues such as corns, calluses, or bunions, it is best to seek advice.
You can treat issues such as hard skin by using a pumice stone coupled with skin-softening cream. This will help to keep your feet in tip-top shape. If you do get a blister, (which is common, especially with new shoes), you can pop it with a clean instrument. If you do this, make sure you use a topical antiseptic cream and then cover it with a bandage or plaster.
Cut your toenails regularly but do not cut them too short because this can lead to ingrowing toenails, which can be very painful and eventually lead to infection. When cutting toenails, try to cut straight across the top of the nail and then use a file to round the edges.
A regular footcare routine can help to not only to keep your feet free from problems but also in perfect condition for summer sandal season.