5 Ways to Proactively Care for Your Feet at Home
Our feet are among the most easily abused parts of our bodies, so it’s important to take care of them and make sure they recover well at home every day.
Fortunately, caring for your feet at home is easy if you know what to do. With proper care and maintenance, your feet can stay strong, healthy, and are less likely to develop issues.
Here are five great ways to take care of your feet at home.
1. Wash them properly – daily
Our feet are exposed to sweat, dirt, and bacteria every day, so you need to wash them daily to keep them clean and prevent foot fungal infections like Athlete’s Foot. This is a fundamental part of good foot hygiene that’s also one of the simplest but most effective ways to keep your feet healthy.
The best thing about this is you don’t need to do or use anything special to do it – simple soap and water will do in most cases. All you need is to take the time to wash your feet thoroughly. You can do this while bathing or by itself if they are particularly dirty.
And yes, washing your feet thoroughly can sometimes be a hassle, and it’s easy to overlook. But if you take the time to do it every day, you can prevent nasty bacterial growth that can be even more time-consuming and problematic to treat.
Pro tip: Don’t forget to wash the areas between your toes as these parts can be bedrocks for bacteria.
2. Moisturise regularly
When the skin on your feet becomes dry enough, it can crack and create small cuts. Not only do these cracks look bad, but they can also hurt and make your feet more vulnerable to bacteria and infections.
Avoid these issues altogether by moisturising your feet regularly with a good foot cream or lotion (even standard petroleum jelly can work well).
For more effective moisturising, you can try applying cream or lotion after bathing and wearing socks for about an hour (some even do it overnight) to lock in the moisture.
Pro tip: Pay close attention to your heels, as these parts are especially prone to drying and cracking, especially when it’s cold.
3. Trim your toenails
Trimming your toenails doesn’t just make your feet look better, it also helps prevent fungal nail infections and reduces toe injuries.
Not only can bacteria and fungus live under your toenails, but it can also live on the nail tissue itself. So keeping your toenails well-trimmed will help reduce the areas where fungus can live in your feet.
Trimming your toenails regularly can also prevent cuts and wounds on your toes caused by long toenails. By keeping them trimmed at the right length, you can walk, run, and move more freely without hurting your toes.
Pro tip: Don’t cut your toenails too short or cut the sides at sharp angles – this can lead to ingrown toenails. Instead, follow the natural curve of your toenails when trimming and leave some toenail behind.
4. Manage foot calluses
Calluses often get a bad rap as something undesirable, but they’re actually beneficial if you manage them properly.
Calluses are your skin’s natural defence to protect underlying tissue from damage, protecting areas of your feet that are repeatedly exposed to outside forces.
What you need to watch out for is the build-up of too much callus, which could lead to corns on your toes or painful lumps of thick skin.
To prevent the build-up of too much calluses, you can try softening them up by soaking your feet in warm water every day and then using a pumice stone or foot file to gently remove excess dead skin on the surface.
Pro tip: Be careful when filing off and removing dead skin – do not to take off too much skin. Removing too much skin can cause wounds or cuts that could lead to infection.
5. Pamper your feet with a foot scrub
Nothing rejuvenates your feet faster than a good pampering. And one of the best ways to do this is to give your feet a good foot scrub.
Not only is a foot scrub relaxing, but it will also exfoliate the skin on your feet and even help clean it.
You’ll find several recipes online for homemade foot scrubs (here are some good ones), so you’ll have plenty to choose from to suit your preferences.
Pro tip: Make sure you don’t have any wounds or open cuts on your feet when doing a foot scrub. Having a foot scrub with open wounds can be painful and sometimes make it worse.
Take It Further with a Podiatrist
If you want to give your feet the absolute best in care and maintenance, then visit a podiatrist who can provide more in-depth treatments for your feet.
Whether you have a nagging foot issue or simply want expert advice and guidance, a skilled podiatrist can help you make sure your feet are in top condition.
Book an appointment with us today to find out how we can help you keep your feet looking and feeling good always.