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Do you have dry, cracked feet? Are you tired of having itchy feet? Due to a variety of conditions, your feet can feel hard and not baby soft. Due to hot or cold weather, or using your feet for practical purposes like standing and walking, your feet can take a beating. With help from your podiatrist, let’s take a look at a few easy steps to get softer, smoother feet!
Keep Them Clean
The first step is an important one—make sure your feet and toenails are clean! Be sure to wash them with an exfoliator to remove dead skin in the shower or bath. After exfoliating, moisturize your feet to add temporary softness.
Another trick you can do is to moisturize your feet overnight. Before you head to bed, apply a layer of moisturizer on your feet, but be careful between the toes (fungus can thrive where it is greasy and moist). After applying moisturizer, put on clean cotton socks and head for bed. In the morning, you can take your socks off and throw them in the wash. Be sure to wash your feet to get rid of the excess lotion.
To learn more about other options for getting softer, smoother feet, contact your podiatrist today! We can help you take charge of your feet and protect them from harm.
The Benefits of Walking
- Strengthen your heart and lungs
- Improve circulation
- Prevent heart attacks and strokes
- Reduce obesity and high blood pressure
- Boost your metabolic rate
- Favorably alter your cholesterol
- Improve muscle tone in your legs and abdomen
- Reduce stress and tension
- Reduce arthritis pain
- Stop bone tissue decay
Prevention is Key
What if I Already Have a Bunion?
Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis)
- Flat feet
- High-arched feet
- Inward roll of your feet when walking
- Icing your heels
- Steroid shots
- Surgery (for severe cases)
- A bulging bump on the outside of your big or pinky toe
- Pain at the site of the bunion
- Trouble moving your big or pinky toe
- Corns and calluses from overlapping toes
Most people don’t worry about their feet when it comes to hygiene, but cleaning your feet should be part of your daily routine. Our feet are vital to our everyday lives, which is why we need to care for them and pay attention to any problems that may arise. To stay on top of your foot health, practicing good foot hygiene is the best place to start.
Daily Foot Care
- Wash and dry your feet every day. Use a mild soap. Wash between your toes and be sure to dry your feet and toes thoroughly.
- Wear appropriately fitting socks and shoes. We recommend shoes with a non-slip outsole as well as any inserts or orthotics that have been prescribed. Wearing padded socks can also help protect against injuries to the skin tissue of your foot.
- As well as wearing padded socks, keeping those socks clean is also important. Change your socks daily or more frequently if you are active and your feet have perspired.
- Don’t wear the same pair of shoes twice - instead, rotate their use. Giving your shoes time to dry out is important, especially if you are active and perspire heavily.
- Keep your shoes clean, inside and out.
- It’s best to avoid going barefoot, especially in public areas. If you must go barefoot, be sure to wash your feel carefully afterwards and to thoroughly dry them.
- When trimming your toenails regularly (every two weeks), cut them straight across with clean nail clippers or scissors. Sanitize your nail tool periodically by soaking them in alcohol.
- If you cannot reach your toenails to cut them, do not attempt it. See a professional for help.
- If your toenails become discolored, it could be a sign of an underlying health problem. You should seek proper medical attention from a podiatrist. Healthy toenails are a pale pink where they are attached to the skin. The rest of the nail should be clear where it is not adhered to the skin.
Inspecting Your Feet Daily
Examining your feet is very important. Check your feet once a day. Look at the tops and bottoms of your feet, in between your toes and your toenails. Be sure to check for blisters, bumps, lumps, bruises, cuts, sores, cracked skin, and any temperature differences. Pain tingling and numbness of the foot can signal nerve problems. Also, loss of hair on the foot of leg can indicate circulation problems. If you see or feel anything different about your feet, don’t hesitate! Contact your podiatrist for help and to have the problem properly diagnosed.