It’s the first week of Spring, and you know what that means #SoleSurvivors? It’s time to break those sandals out, and show off those feet. But wait, has Winter left you experiencing dryness, overgrown cuticles, cracked heels accompanied by heel pain, or calluses?
Oh your poor aching feet. Here are some things to think about from the experts at Dr. Foot:
A lack of oil glands on your feet leaves them prone to dryness. Cold weather and walking around barefooted also drain away moisture.
Dr Foot Tip: Hydrate and exfoliate daily. After bathing, use a pumice stone or a heel scrub to slough off dry skin. We recommend making your very own DIY foot scrub, it won't take too long and your feet will thank you for it. To do this mix together equal parts brown sugar and almond oil and work it into your feet for a few minutes (it works on your body, too). Then rinse. The oil will leave your feet feeling silky smooth.
Extra step: If you're prone to very dry skin on your feet then visit drfoot.co.uk for CSS foot cream, apply this cream on your feet and put on a pair of socks before going to bed. Your heels will thank you in the morning.
Over time excessive skin can build up at the nail bed, causing overgrown cuticles.
Dr Foot Tip: Soak feet for a few minutes, then apply a good cuticle cream and push cuticles back gently. Don't try and cut down the sides of your nails as this can cause injury and possibly an ingrown toenail.
Standing and walking on hard surfaces for extended periods can lead to fissure which are commonly referred to as cracked heels. If left untreated these fissures can become very painful and possibly become infected.
Dr Foot Tip: Soak your feet in some warm water for no longer than 10-15 minutes; follow this by using a pumice stone or heel scrubber on your heels. Then apply a hydrating lotion or cream.
Never take a scalpel or a sharp object to the heels to take off the hard skin; this is obviously a bad idea! The risk of injury and infection is great, if you need the hard skin taking off visit a podiatrist.
Heel Pain can happen at the first sign of a little bit of sun, as we start to increase our activity from shopping to walking the dog. We start to give our feet a sudden workout after the relative rest of the winter months. The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis which is commonly referred to as a heel spur. Plantar fascia is a broad band of fibrous tissue which runs along the bottom surface of the foot, from the heel to the toes. Plantar fasciitis is a condition in which the plantar fascia is inflamed. This condition can be very painful and cause considerable amount of suffering. Dr Foot Tip: One of the most effective treatment options for heel pain is orthotics, be sure to visit a foot professional for best results.
The human body finds a natural defense mechanism, if your feet are subjected to repeated friction and pressure, then calluses are formed to protect your feet from further damage. Calluses can occur for a variety of reasons such as poor footwear but are more likely to occur due to poor foot mechanics. Dr Foot Tip: After soaking your feet, gently file calluses away with a callus reducer or emery board. Apply lotions and moisturize generously.
Extra step: Beauticians recommend this secret tip, cut a lemon in half and rub the juice on to the callus, making sure to avoid any broken skin on the foot as lemon juice can sting. Leave it alone for a few minutes and then use a callus file to reduce the hard skin, the acid from the lemon softens the skin making it easier to file.
Consider orthotics to treat the underlying poor foot mechanics which is the cause of the calluses.
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