Whatever you call your feet, it’s important to look after them. After all, they bear your entire weight throughout the day, and they carry you from place to place. Without looking after your feet, you’re putting yourself in line for pain, potential backache, and perhaps problems with your posture and walking too. It’s about so much more than the way they look!
Be it winter or summer, we place a lot of stress on our feet, so what are the top tips to look after them? You probably know a lot of these, but there might be some that surprise you.
Use a Pumice Stone Regularly
Giving you feet a good polish and smooth is vital, and a pumice stone is what you need to get the job done. Soak your feet in warm water for around 10 to 15 minutes and then gently get to work with the pumice stone. If you want to add in a little more luxury, you can use a foot scrub too.
Moisturise With an Emollient Cream
If you have cracked heels, you’re going to need a heavy based cream to ease the dry skin and allow the crack to heel. Do this nightly, and massage the moisturiser into your heels with a circular motion, for the best results.
Your Feet Need Sun Protection Too
When walking around in flip flops, sandals, and open shoes, don’t forget that your feet can burn just as easily as the rest of you, if not more easily. For that reason, don’t forget to apply suncream onto the entire foot, including toes.
Get a Regular Pedicure
Toe nails can easily become ingrown or simply cause pain when they become too long. A good way to sort this problem out, whilst also ensuring that your feet always look wonderful in sandals, is to have a regular pedicure. Don’t consider it a luxury, consider it looking after your feet in the best possible way!
Choose Your Shoes Carefully
Finally, a lot of looking after your feet comes down to the shoes you wear. Avoid anything with a pointed toe, which will cram your feet into an artifically small shape and space, causing pain and possible cramp as you’re walking and even sitting. If you nice you are getting pain in the arch of your foot, look towards inserts which fit into your shoes and pad this important part of your foot. Also, as much as you might love heels, ladies, it’s always best to go mid-height, rather than skyscraper.
As you can see, looking after your feet isn’t rocket science, but it is important to make sure you place this high up on your list of priorities. Your feet are vital to your posture, balance, and the health of your back, and they are far from just the things that are attached to the end of your legs! Look after your feet and they will look after you too.