Many of us have set routines for looking after our faces (cleanse, tone, moisturise), or our hands (trim nails, manicure, moisturise), but do you have a routine for looking after your feet? They’re one of the most overlooked parts of the body, but one of the most important too! Here are 7 essential items for first-rate foot care at home.
1. A Good Pair Of Clippers Or Scissors
To ensure that your feet stay in the best of health, invest in a good pair of clippers or scissors. Cut your toenails regularly. To do so safely, make sure that you cut them straight across (don’t round down the corners) and don’t cut them too short. This will help you to avoid ingrowing toenails.
2. Antibacterial Soap
One of the most important things for good foot care at home is antibacterial soap. If your feet often sweat (this is very likely if you play sport or spend lots of time on your feet), an antibacterial soap will rid you of foot odour and help you to avoid fungal infections such as athlete’s foot.
No matter how well you look after your feet, blisters and cuts are a fact of life. If you get one, cover it with a plaster to avoid infection which will only make it worse. You can use gel plasters for additional cushioning, which will help to relieve the pain too.
4. Sun Cream
Feet are often overlooked when applying sun cream. Apply one to your feet when you are wearing sandals or if you are going barefoot to avoid painful sunburn. Make sure that you choose one with a high SPF to give you the most protection.
5. Pumice Stone
Pumice stones are pieces of volcanic rock which can be used to smooth your skin. If you rub your damp feet gently with a pumice stone, it will remove layers of hard, dead skin from your feet. Just remember not to exfoliate any sore or red areas.
6. Well-Fitting Shoes
Foot care at home starts with well-fitting shoes. Many problems arise when people wear shoes which don’t fit properly – this can cause rubbing, changes to your gait (the way you walk) and injury. Choose shoes with plenty of cushioning, and save high heels for special occasions.
7. Your Podiatrist’s Contact Details
Looking after your feet at home is extremely important, but it’s also vital to know when to seek the advice of a professional. Podiatrists are healthcare professionals who specialise in problems with the feet and lower limbs. It is advisable to visit a podiatrist for a check up regularly – as you would with a dentist – to catch any potential issues before they get worse.
At Northwich Foot Clinic, our experienced podiatrists are all registered with the College of Podiatry and are dedicated to providing the highest quality foot care. Treating people from Northwich, Cheshire and beyond, we can help you with a variety of issues. Book your appointment online today.