Whether you want to look good in sandals, or you want to look good for a guy under the sheets, the way your feet look and feel is so important. Our feet are one of the hardest working parts of our body, but typically the last body part you’d think to give any attention. There are 38 different muscles in your feet and that comprises 25% of the total muscles in your body, so it’s really important to take care of your “dogs.” Disease, years of wear and tear, ill-fitting or poorly designed shoes, poor circulation to the feet, or improperly trimmed toenails, can cause many common foot problems. We’ve got some tips for how to keep your feet clean, healthy and you much happier.
It’s time to revive your soles with a simple foot care routine that’s sure to put a new spring in your step and keep those feet soft and moisturized and quit their barking. First of all, get yourself a basic men’s grooming kit that contains fingernail and toenail clippers. Purchase a nice pumice stone for your feet, as well as splurging on a foot bath with bubbles and heat — or you can use a large bowl — and make sure to keep Epsom salt and tea-tree oil at home for a natural and healing foot bath.
Use a pumice stone to remove the rough, crackled, hardened layer of dead skin that forms on your heels.
Improve the circulation of blood to your feet by getting exercise, avoid sitting for long periods, rub your feet with gentle foot massages and regularly enjoy a warm foot bath.
Replace those running shoes every six months if you’re using them on a near-daily basis. They will lose shock absorption and support over time, which can lead to injury.
Wash properly between your toes and regularly using an anti-fungal foot and body wash, especially for gym enthusiasts who are using common-area showers on a regular basis. Wash properly between your toes and regularly using an anti-fungal foot and body wash, especially for gym enthusiasts who are using common-area showers on a regular basis.
Keep your feet dry and avoid long periods of wetness, because these conditions increase the chances for fungi and bacteria, which can grow and cause athlete’s foot or worse.
Wear comfortable shoes that fit well to avoid painful bunions, spurs, corns and callouses. These kinds of conditions, including foot ulcers, which are open sores on the feet, should be seen by a doctor and treated appropriately.
Use a mild soap and moisturize your legs and feet using a moisturizing body lotion on a daily basis to prevent dry skin, itching and burning feet.
Pamper yourself with a regular pedicure to trim and maintain your healthy nails and prevent ingrown toenails. Using a clear polish including aloe or other natural minerals can help grow healthier stronger nails.
If you are experiencing warts or skin growths on your feet, this is cause by a virus and can become painful and ugly if left untreated. It can also spread, so it’s important to see professional care to freeze-off or remove the warts surgically.
To prevent foot problems, check your feet often, wear comfortable shoes, and wear breathable socks, except with sandals! Always, as a good rule of thumb, practice proper foot hygiene. Also, check out the article on the Secret to Healthy Nails for more tips on keeping your nails in healthy condition at trimmermag.com/justthetip, and give yourself permission to enjoy a Mani-Pedi and pamper yourself. You deserve it!