Put Your Best Foot Forward
Quick tips to keep your feet healthy
You are ready for that important office party. Your outfit and accessories are in place. But then you realize your cracked feet are showing!
Often ignored, foot care should be an essential part of your daily routine. After all, your feet carry your body weight and also act as shock absorbers. Proper care can go a long way in keeping your feet healthy. Here are some quick tips.
For Dry and Cracked Feet
While cold weather can be a trigger, extreme dryness of feet can also be caused by medical conditions, such as eczema or psoriasis. Ageing can be another factor behind cracked and dry feet. Keeping your feet clean and moisturising them well are the key to healthy feet.
Use a gentle cleanser and apply a foot cream after every shower. Honey, which has anti-microbial properties, is great food for your feet. Exfoliate your feet regularly to avoid cracked heels. You can apply a hydrating cream on your feet before going to bed for that extra moisture.
For Athlete’s Foot
A fungal infection, athlete’s foot is common among people who have sweaty feet or wear tight-fitted shoes.
To tackle it, avoid wearing closed-fitted shoes. Stick to cotton socks. Try to keep your feet clean and dry and use an anti-fungal powder, if needed. If the infection persists, visit your doctor immediately.
For Corns and Calluses
Caused by continued friction or pressure, corns and calluses are thick and hardened layers of skin that usually develop on feet and toes.
Avoid wearing ill-fitted shoes, which can lead to these foot problems. Use a pumice stone to remove dead skin. Follow it up with a foot massage using a moisturiser.
Bunions develop when continued pressure on the big toe joint forces the big toe to bend towards the one next to it. Bunions are permanent unless surgically removed. However, you can take measures to reduce the pain and discomfort.
Maintain healthy body weight, use ice packs, invest in shoe inserts and opt for well-fitted and comfortable footwear.
For Ingrown Nail
The nail growing into the toe can be extremely painful. To ease the pain, soak your feet in warm water at least three-four times a day. Dry your feet well and apply an antibiotic cream to reduce the risk of an infection. In case of intense pain, get help from your local physician.