Valentine’s Day is right around the corner now – are you ready?
Sure, you might have made reservations, ordered flowers, or planned out your outfit for a romantic night out, but what are you doing for your feet?
Yes, your feet!
Showing your significant other or loved ones how much you care is definitely a sweet gesture—one that you don’t have to limit to Valentine’s Day, by the way—but your lower limbs spend so much time working hard so you can be mobile and perform your favorite activities. The least you can do is show them a little love.
One way to do this is by tending to the skin covering your feet, and especially if you have dry skin.
Naturally, the measures you need to take will depend on the degree of dryness.
If your feet are simply a bit dry, all it will take is a little moisturizing and care to ensure they do not become excessively callused. You can accomplish this by washing your feet at night, preferably before bed, and then liberally applying lotion afterwards. Put on clean socks before drifting off to sleep—to trap the moisture—and wake up with softer skin.
Maintain that routine and your feet will know they’re being appreciated.
For those who have rougher-textured feet, it will take a little more effort. Instead of jumping right to the moisturizing step, first use an exfoliating scrub when you bathe or shower to remove some of harder patches of skin.
You can find exfoliating scrubs that are specifically intended for feet in the “Health and Beauty” section of most stores. Pick up one that has small pumice granules or very fine grains of salt. Then you can follow the previous moisturizing process.
If your skin is thickly callused, it’s time to break out the pumice stone!
This particular exfoliating tool will help you buff away dead skin before you begin either of the previous processes. Now, when you use a pumice stone, it’s important to keep in mind that your goal is not to remove the entire rough skin at once! Apply gentle pressure and have patience with this process.
In addition to loving your feet with smart, regular skin care, you can also take measures to address odor issues. This entails doing things like:
Choosing the right soap. Anti-bacterial soaps will help to eliminate microorganisms that can lead to embarrassing foot odors. People often associate unpleasant aroma with sweat, but it’s actually bacteria consuming the sweat that is the issue.
Soaking your feet. Whether you opt for saltwater, vinegar, or tea, there are several methods for soaking your feet that can eliminate bacteria and reduce moisture.
Switching up your socks. Socks made from material like nylon will only serve to trap in moisture, which leads to fungal and bacterial growth. Instead, choose pairs made to wick moisture away and let your feet breathe.
Spraying your shoes. Use an antifungal spray on the insides of your shoes to eliminate any microorganisms that might be lurching inside. Also, consider alternating between two different pairs of shoes every other day. This gives each pair 24 hours to dry before being worn again.
These are all great ways to your feet a little love, but don’t underestimate the importance of coming to see us when problems develop!
For more information on foot care—or to request an appointment with our Carmichael office—simply give us a call at (916) 961-3434 or connect with us online right now.