Foot Care Tips
Here are the following foot care tips that will give you super soft feet and help you maintain that softness in the long run.
Measuring The Right Shoe Size
- Foot insiders recommend, then, that we should have an annual foot measurement – to track any changes.
- Keeping a healthy weight helps, too: remember that every pound may exert three times its weight whenever your foot hits the floor.
- As well as an annual measuring session in a shoe shop, you can determine your own foot length to make sure you’re buying the right size of the shoe.
- Stand barefoot on a piece of thin cardboard with the heel of your foot perfectly at one edge of the cardboard. Mark the place reached by the longest toe – for many people, this is the second toe, not the big toe. Cut a thin strip of cardboard from the edge to the point of the longest toe. When you insert this into a shoe, there should be 7-14mm (⅜-⅝ inches) between the end of the cardboard and the heel of the shoe.
Taking Care Of Feet
- The biggest favour that we can do our feet, according to the experts, is to whisk away hard skin – preferably every other day – with a foot file.
- Use the foot file on dry feet, before a bath or using a special foot scrub on wet feet. You can use a foot file on feet that have been in the bath or shower, but not if you’ve indulged in a long soak and feet have become ‘spongy’, as it’s easy to remove too much skin.
- Expert advice is that feet should also be creamed – with a special foot cream – at least once (and preferably twice) a day. Use a special moisturizer, targeted at feet. Your regular body moisturiser isn’t rich enough for the dry skin of feet, which get steadily drier after the age of 40.
- The only exception to the daily foot-creaming rule is if you have sweaty feet, in which case, you’ll only make then clammier.
- By the age of 60, the padding under our feet starts to thin – making walking painful. Padded insoles can make up for that loss of natural cushioning…
Improve blood circulation to Feet
- Poor circulation is another challenge as we age. Because feet are the furthest point from the heart, they can get short-changed when it comes to a blood supply. But regular exercise – think walking, again – will boost blood flow to the feet, beating chills as well as helping any infections and cuts to heal faster.
- Soaking feet for 15 minutes in a roomy plastic basin in another swift soother.
- If your feet are feeling particularly hot and prickly, add two drops of peppermint oil. Adding a handful of dried milk will make for a moisturizing soak.
Change shoe Everyday
- Change your shoes every day and vary your heel height to keep the muscles in your feet and calves flexible.
- In women who habitually wear high heels, for instance, the calf muscles may actually shorten so they can’t put their heels to the ground.
- Try to go barefoot often, too.
Don’t Forget SPF On Feet
If you like to wear open sandals, don’t forget to slather your feet with any SPF in the mornings; feet are perfectly angled to pick up damaging UV rays, fast-forwarding ageing.
How To Buy Perfect Shoe Size
Never buy shoes in the morning, when the feet are still rested; in the afternoon, you’ll get a better fit.
Carry First-Aid Supplies
- When out walking, take first-aid supplies – like plasters or antiseptic cream – with you, in case of accidents. If your toes chafe together, try a dab of Vaseline between them.
- That age-old advice – to put your feet up – really is the best way to combat swollen ankles and achy feet. Expert advice is to lie comfortably on the floor or on your bed with your feet propped at a 45° angle for ten minutes, sp extra fluid can drain away.