GENERAL FOOT CARE
A simple foot care routine can make the world of a difference to improve your foot health and prevent cracks and calluses. Giving your feet care will also help you identify problems early on.
Here are some tips on how you can care for your feet at home:
Wash Your Feet
It's important to throughly wash your feet with soap and water. It's not enough just letting them rinse off in the shower. This will help remove dirt and bacteria hiding in your feet. It will also help prevent any infections and odours from occuring.
Spend Time Drying
After you wash your feet it is just as important to properly dry them, especially in between those toes, as bacteria and fungus love to grow in warm moist areas.
If you or someone in your household is suffering from a foot care condition, make sure you aren't sharing towels, socks, or shoes. You don't want to transfer germs!
You should be moisturizing your feet in the morning and night to help keep the skin hydrated because your feet can dry out quickly, especially in the summer. Try to make moisturizing your feet part of your daily body care routine as regular moisturization will help prevent both the build up of hard skin and dry or cracked skin.
Toenails should be trimmed regularly to prevent nail complications such as thickening or ingrown nails. If you are able to trim them yourself, make sure you cut in a straight line and don't cut too close or down the sides of your nails. This can cause pain, infection, and ingrown nails. If your nails are too thick to trim, try soaking them in water to soften them. If you have troubles trimming your nails then seek assistance from a foot care specialist (like me!).
On top of washing your feet daily, fresh socks or hosiery will keep feet feeling good and prevent odours. Also, it's not a bad idea to alternate the shoes you wear everyday. Your feet sweat and rotating shoes will allow them to dry properly. If you find your feet sweat and get smelly, use a foot spray and/or insoles to help control odours.