Tips for your feet
Put your right foot forward and care for your feet!
Women want not only healthy feet but pretty feet. Many women wear high-heeled or pointy-toed shoes that only add to foot pain and problems, including painful bunions. Women also often spend long hours on their feet, which can cause the feet, ankles and legs to become swollen and tired. The following tips are recommended to follow at the end of a long day.
DID YOU KNOW?
* The average person, engaging in non-strenuous activity, walks approximately 4 miles every day and about 115,000 miles in a lifetime.
* More than 70% of all people in the United States will have painful foot problems at some time during their lifetime.
* Foot care is much more than a pampering treatment to help you feel good it is an important issue; the earlier we start proper foot care practices the better.
How to Care for Your Feet
Tips to Care for Your Feet
TIPS FOR HAPPY, BEAUTIFUL FEET
* Wash feet daily. Rinse off all soap and dry thoroughly, especially between toes.
* Trim nails straight across, and not too short. Don't cut out or dig at corners.
* Wear shoes that fit properly and are made of leather or canvas. Sandals are good.
* Switch shoes from day to day.
TREAT YOUR FEET
* Dry feet thoroughly, especially between toes and massage the feet and ankles with a cooling menthol and camphor gel to improve circulation.
* To keep feet free from dry skin and callus's use a foot file or pumice stone around the heels and balls of the feet after soaking
* Those prone to athlete's foot or fungal infections under the nails should spray feet between the toes and under the nails with a natural Tea Tree Spray.
* Moisturize feet every night before bed with a rich moisturizing lotion or nourishing oil. Monoi leaves are a precious secret of Polynesian women, who have been using this ingredient for centuries as a nourishing treatment for excessively dry skin and damaged cuticles.
* When treating the toe nails, always cut them straight across and not too short to prevent in-grown nails. If you do have an in-grown nail see your podiatrist, do not attempt to dig into the corners of the nails or cut down the side.
* Rub cuticle remover into the cuticles and gently push back the cuticle with a rubber ended hoof stick or orange wood stick wrapped in cotton. When pushing back the cuticles make sure to soak the feet first to soften the skin and push back gently. Pushing too hard on the base of the nail (the nail matrix) can cause permanent damage and ridging in the nails. Do not be tempted to cut the cuticles, this makes them more raggedy and look worse in the long run.
* Ridging in the nail is usually caused by trauma to the nail matrix, often the ridges will grow out but if the trauma is severe the nail may be permanently ridged. To reduce the appearance of ridging use a buffing paste and soft buffer twice a week to improve smoothness and shine. Buffing the nails is great for nail health as it improves the circulation, as well as leaves the nails beautifully shiny.