The health of your feet is vital if you want to remain active and feel good about your overall well-being. And while most people always remember to take care of their hair and skin, some will overlook foot care. But, this is never a good move because caring for your feet is as important as caring for any part of the body. Fortunately, it is also quite easy to keep the feet in good shape and here are five easy tips to help you with this.
No.1: Keep them Clean and Dry: Good hygiene is always the key to healthy feet. And foot hygiene is as simple as cleaning your feet and drying them. But, also make sure that you scrub them thoroughly when washing them, and use a good soap that not only smells good but can also get rid of all the dirt. Drying them with a clean towel afterward is also vital because fungal organisms love wetness.
No.2: Cut Toenail Properly: Some ladies prefer to keep long toenails and apply polish. While they might look good they will take a lot of effort to keep clean and you cannot always be sure that the section below the nails is completely clean no matter how much you try. And so the best alternative is to cut them short and make sure you do it properly. Avoid cutting the nails too close to the skin or rounding them drastically as this will cause painful ingrown toenails.
No.3: Soak the Feet Regularly: Soaking your feet is one of the best ways of minimizing odor, easing stress and getting rid of body toxins. Also, it helps to keep them luscious and soft while also ensuring that they are thoroughly cleaned. There are many things that you can use to make a foot soak and they range from apple cider vinegar to Listerine and simple things salt and baking soda.
But, if you want something that is guaranteed to work and still easy to make you should go for the Epsom salt homemade foot soak. All you need is a few spoons of the Epsom salt, some warm water in a foot tub and a few drops of your favorite essential oils. Add the Epsom salt and essential oil to the water and then soak the feet for at least 15 minutes.
No.4: Wear Proper Footwear: Your choice of footwear is an important element when it comes to taking care of your feet. First, you need to make sure that whatever shoes you pick fit well because those that are too tight can cause problems in the long run.
And an easy way to make sure that the fit is right is to buy your shoes in the afternoon when your feet are at their largest possible size. Secondly, you also need to make sure that your footwear is breathable enough as this helps to keep them dry and healthy. Full grain leather is one of the most breathable shoe materials but a mesh fabric is the best option for those with excessively sweaty feet.
No.5: Massage Regularly: A regular foot massage provides one of the simplest ways of caring for your feet and also preventing various common foot problems. It will help with everything from getting rid of dead skin to improving the flow of blood throughout the feet.
Just a few minutes of foot massage every day comes with a myriad of benefits and you do not need anything special to do it or anyone to help you out. If you have a foot massager the better but you can just use your fingers and your favorite massage or essential oil. For the best massage results, use some warm olive or coconut oil and press into the soles with a circular kneading pattern using your thumbs.
Conclusion: Your feet are always carrying your entire weight and they are also what makes it possible to move from one point to the other and so they deserve the best care. And with the five tips above this should be easy for you. But, also make sure that you stretch them often enough and exercise regularly.
Also, note that there are some foot problems that will require medical intervention. For example, any swelling, redness, and discoloration on the feet that persists for several weeks might be an indication of a serious underlying problem.