Summer Foot Care
Though summer is beginning to come to a close in my area, many of us will protest this change by continuing to wear sandals or run around the house barefoot until cold or wet weather comes in full force. Should you live in the southern hemisphere, summer will soon be heading your way.
Accompanying the wide range of sandal options available is the side-effect of dry, callused feet. The increased heat, lack of foot protection and the myriad of rough surfaces we may walk on can all contribute to these issues. It’s easy to pamper your feet at home with soaking, exfoliating and moisturizing; or you can visit a local spa to have a delightful and relaxing pedicure treatment. This may sound girly or excessive to some, but caring for your feet is vitally important.
Our feet are the foundation of our bodies; they tirelessly carry us everywhere and we often take them for granted. Should you let your dry feet become callused, they could crack and become an open sore. For diabetics, this is not good as a cut could go unnoticed and become infected. As we get older, we may lose our flexibility and have a challenging time caring for our feet. If this is the case, I recommend you have a loved one assist you.
Anyone can achieve wellness for their feet with a few items at home. Not only will your feet welcome the attention, they will look awesome as well!
Summer Foot Care Treatment
- Foot basin or bath tub
- Warm water
- Foot file
- Add enough warm water to a foot basin or bath tub to submerge the feet and soak for about 10-15 minutes
- Use the rough side of the foot file to reduce heavy calluses, following up with the lighter grit to the same areas (Be sure to not overwork one area or rub too hard as you could remove too much callus too quickly, thereby creating tender skin.)
- Rinse feet and pat dry
- Apply a generous amount of lotion to the feet and cover with socks (Take care when walking as the heavy use of lotion may cause a lack of grip.)
- Leave the socks on for 2 hours or overnight to allow the lotion to soak in and soften the skin (I prefer to wear the socks overnight as my feet end up wonderfully soft in the morning.)
As our feet can become use to having calluses, only perform this treatment no more than two times a week as this will give your skin the necessary time to adjust to the change. For an awesome foot file, I recommend the Swedish Clover Foot 60/100 Grit File. I’ve used this brand for years and love them as they last a long time, the grit does not peel off and they can be sanitized. These files can be found through many online retailers for about $10.
Until next time, discover the power of happy feet.