So, you’ve had a long day, and your feet are aching for some relief. But, what do you do once you’ve finally taken off your shoes and had a chance to relax? If your answer does not include any form of foot care, then you’re doing your feet a disservice and may end up paying for it with dry, cracked skin and possible infections. Proper foot care isn’t complicated and should be part of your everyday self-care routine. Here are 7 easy foot care techniques and tips on how to take care of your feet the right way.
Checking for Signs of Poor Foot Care
Every single day, we use and abuse our feet until they ache to be released from their shoe-shaped prisons. Obviously, being on your feet a lot and neglecting to maintain the proper care that your feet need afterward can lead to some noticeable issues, some of which include:
- Dry skin
- Cracked heels
- Hard calluses
- Swelling and inflammation
- Redness and open wounds
- Fungal and bacterial toenail infections
- Hangnails and ingrown nails
All of these are signs of bad foot health and can end up leading to more severe issues if left untreated. But, the first step in foot care is identifying what your problems are so that you can solve them. So, let’s take a look at how to take care of your feet effectively so that you can either alleviate these issues or avoid them altogether.
When your heels become dry and cracked, this is most likely due to an extreme lack of healthy moisture in your feet and over-exposure to the elements (usually via sandals and flip-flops). To solve these unsightly cracked and rough calluses, you can use a moisturizer cream that will treat and soften your feet. Moisturizing can also help to relieve scaling or flaking skin on the feet. Using a moisturizer that contains natural oils and antifungal properties, like Intensive Repair Serum, is a great way to fight dry skin and detrimental foot fungus.
In addition to moisturizing your feet, exfoliating is an essential step in softening and removing dry, cracked calluses, heels and skin. Many people elect to use a pumice stone to remove the outermost layers of hardened and cracked skin, but you can also use a more gentle approach. Foot scrubs with natural beeswax exfoliants and fruit oils, like the Cleansing Scrub Deodorizer, work to remove all of the dry, chapped, and potentially infected skin that has built up on your feet.
A great opportunity to both moisturize and exfoliate your feet is with a relaxing foot soak. With natural ingredients, like antibacterial essential oils and Epsom salts, you’ll be able to soothe your aching feet while you remove the dead skin that’s built up from overuse. It’s best to use a natural foot soak that contains a variety of oils and salts, like the Tea Tree Essential Oil Foot Soak so that your feet have access to several hydrating, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial benefits.
This should go without saying, but keeping your feet clean every day is absolutely vital to keeping them healthy. Not only is cleaning your feet regularly a good way to maintain soft, moisturized skin, but it’s also important to keep out any harmful bacteria and fungus that may have infiltrated your feet throughout the entire day. When you take your last shower for the night, dedicate some time to specifically cleaning your feet. And no, just getting them wet isn’t enough.
Cutting Your Toenails
One of the most frequent, and most detrimental mistakes that people make when trying to care for their feet is cutting their toenails incorrectly. Often, those who take pedicures into their own hands end up trimming clumsily, eventually leading to hangnails and ingrown nails. Then, this improper trimming typically leads even further to fungal infection. Be sure to implement proper toenail cutting technique, and fight fungal infections at the source with a natural antifungal treatment like the Fungal Nail Eliminator.
Cleaning Your Shoes
If you’re an athlete, avid exerciser, or just someone who spends most of the day using and abusing their feet with physical activity, then chances are your shoes aren’t in the best shape cleanliness-wise. Dirty feet and shoes, exposed to sweat and bacteria from repeated use and outside elements, aren’t just smelly; they can end up leading to bacterial and fungal infections. For this reason, make sure to regularly clean your shoes with an antibacterial product, like the Natural Shoe Deodorizer & Foot Odor Spray with Tea Tree Oil, to eliminate odors, calm and cool feet, and act as a natural antiseptic to keep shoes safe to wear.
Taking care of your feet is an essential step in your daily care routine that too many people tend to skip over. You rely heavily on your feet since they’re what keep you grounded all day long, so you are doing them a disservice by ignoring their needs. Leaving them dirty and dry isn’t the best idea. Proper foot care is simple; you can even invest in a Total Foot Care System that includes every step you need for your routine. By following these tips and techniques, you’ll have healthy, flawless feet in no time.