Essential foot care is something that many people take for granted. Because of this, they are prone to getting various versions of foot infections as well as ingrown toenails. With these 3 essential foot care tips, you can help yourself to have healthy feet.
Wash Your Feet Twice a Day
Compared to other parts of the body, feet get much sweatier throughout the day since it’s always in use. Not to mention, they are always fully covered by socks and shoes.
Be sure to wash your feet at least twice a day. Once before starting your day and once when you end it. As for the soap you need to use, grab mild soap or antiseptic soap. Pair this with lukewarm water. Using these to clean your feet will remove all of the dirt, sweat, and bacteria.
Then, dry them off with a soft towel dedicated for just your feet. Be sure to get the in-betweens of your toes as well; leaving water there could lead to a fungal infection, such as athlete’s foot.
Exfoliate Twice a Week
Since the skin on the bottom your feet are much thicker as well, it is essential for you to exfoliate your feet. This is to remove all the dead skin cells and avoid corn and calluses from forming, which must be treated by a doctor if it does form. Doing this will keep your feel soft and smooth.
The tool you need to use for foot exfoliation is either a foot scrubber of a pumice stone. When using either of these, you must first soak your feet in lukewarm water for 10 minutes. Then, grab the tool of your choice and gently file your feet. For the pumice stone, don’t rub too hard with it.
For a DIY exfoliation technique, you can create your own foot scrub paste. To do this, just mix either salt or sugar with baby oil. The result should be a thick paste. Apply this to your feet and use a circular motion massage for 5 minutes. Then, scrub it off with a light pumice stone. Rinse and dry your feet. Lastly, use a high quality foot cream and apply it.
Do either of these methods twice a week.
Trim Toenails Correctly
To keep your toenails strong and healthy, you must trim them at least once every two weeks. In order to properly do this, follow these guidelines:
- Don’t use scissors; only nail clippers.
- Do it after showering to trim them easier; the water makes the nails softer.
- Don’t trim it too short to avoid discomfort
- Trim at a straight line; not angled. This will prevent ingrown toenails from developing.
- In the event of an ingrown toenail, have it treated by a professional.
- Use cuticle oil on your nails for 5 minutes and push the cuticles back.
Though there are many more foot health tips that you should know, these 3 will already do a lot to make sure that your feet will be less prone to infection. Practice trimming your toenails well, washing them twice a day, and exfoliating them twice a week and your feet will be stronger to serve your daily.