5 Tips to Include Foot Care in Your Daily Regimen
Most people probably don’t think about taking care of their feet as “self-care.” But your feet are crucially important parts of your body and neglecting them can cause extensive health issues! We know you’re busy and maybe thinking about your feet less than you ought to, so we have compiled a quick list of five things to include in a foot care regimen at home. Seriously, you will thank us later.
- Soak & Exfoliate. You know that a nice, warm tub has relaxing effects on a sore body after a long day. But you can feel many of those same effects simply by adding a foot soak to your day. Your foot care regimen at home does not need to include any crazy products—epsom salts has been known to work wonders during a 20-minute soak for centuries! Once the soak is complete, exfoliate your feet. Unlike skin on other parts of your body, the skin on your feet spends a lot of time in close contact with clothing and, often, stiff shoes. The friction in your shoes and socks causes the skin on your feet to become rough and calloused. But if you use a pumice stone to easily scrape away dead skin, you’ll be amazed at what this simple step can do for you.
- Dry. Can you remember the last time you took a few extra seconds to make sure the entirety of your foot was completely dry before moving on to the rest of your body? This part is essential to a good foot care routine. If the areas between your toes are not completely dry after each bathing or soaking session, the possibility to develop fungal infections is increased tenfold. Infections like Athlete’s Foot or those that cause nail discoloration thrive in slightly damp areas between your toes. To avoid having to deal with fungal infections, wipe each space between your toes individually with a dry towel. Pro Tip: If you add in a powder to this step of your foot care routine at home, that can greatly reduce sweating and moisture around your toes.
- Moisturize. While it may seem strange to add moisture back to your feet after you have taken such delicate measures to dry them, hear us out: exfoliating and then thoroughly drying can leave your feet tender and too dry. But general moisturizers can add too much moisture and negate the work you have put in trying to avoid dampness and infection. Some of the best products for your foot care routine at home include hemp oil foot cream. To take the guesswork out of picking the proper products, here are our recommendations:
- Foot & Body Butter: Not only is this the perfect lotion for both your feet and your body, it enriches your skin without clogging your sweat glands. This body butter is infused with hemp oil to nourish and protect your skin and is perfect for all skin types.
- Intense Relief Cream: If you are like tens of thousands of Americans with intense foot pain, there is no need to look further. This intense relief cream for both foot and body soothes all of the aches and pains you experience on impact and can be used as often as necessary.
- Foot & Body Cool Relief CBD Roll: While this is not technically a moisturizer, this instant relief roll-on can be used alongside your moisturizer for additional relief. CBD partnering with menthol produces a one of a kind relief experience for all of your aches.
- Clean socks. After putting such effort into your foot care basics during your home routine, it would be awful to undo everything you have already done by putting on dirty socks. If possible, it is best to change your socks multiple times a day if you live in a humid climate or are prone to excessive foot sweating. Cotton is a good fabric to use on your feet as it absorbs moisture from your feet while simultaneously allowing your feet to breathe.
- Switch shoes. Just like it’s important to switch your underwear every day, it’s equally important to switch your shoes daily as well. This allows your shoes to fully air and dry out to ensure there is no moisture that could harm your feet. It also gives your feet a much needed break if you are wearing uncomfortable shoes.
These five simple, foot care basics will help to increase your foot health as well as your overall health. If you have any questions, reach out to the experts at Dr. Francis Foot today!