Take a good look at your feet. On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the best, what number would be give your feet? It is always said to put our ‘best foot forward’ for any important situation.
It goes without saying that like all other body parts we must be kind to our feet as well. Years of wear & tear, bad shoes, irregular blood circulation, diseases etc take a toll on them. Practicing good foot care is critical to maintaining a good health care regime. Use a mirror to clearly see the heels and the bottoms.
- Wash your feet everyday with lukewarm water. Dry them well and make sure you dry between the toes.
- Moisturize your feet. If you have a dry skin then look for lotions or creams with lactic acid, they retain the moisture. If you have sweaty feet, use a medicated powder or spray. They contain aluminum chloride hexahydrate that helps keep feet dry.
- Massage the sole of your foot with thumbs, beginning behind the toes and moving toward the heel. Apply extra pressure along the arch and at the ball of the foot, as they are especially prone to tightness. Repeat the same on the other foot as well.
- Trim your toe nails every week or whenever required.
- Wear comfortable shoes and socks that protect your feet.
- The blood flow should be regular, so exercise your feet.
PS: In case in you have diabetes, it becomes even more essential to take care of your feet. Check them on a daily basis and consult a doctor if something is amiss.
- February 9, 2016
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