Sometimes, we may simply take our feet for granted. We could abuse them with the wrong shoes to other issues such as standing too long that can take a toll on our feet. Therefore, it is to our best interest to treat our feet to the respect they deserve with simple everyday foot care that can keep them healthier.
Until this pandemic hit, many working women dressed in business attire that included pantyhose or nylon stockings while men wore dress socks that are often composed partially or all of nylon as well. The problem is nylon doesn’t absorb moisture, which can cause feet to sweat to result in friction for blisters to swelling. You could use a foot powder to keep feet drier, but talc is often the key ingredient. A safer alternative is substituting a cornstarch as a foot powder. Later when you get home and bathe, it is a good idea to wear cotton socks because this material allows feet to breathe the best.
Many people often go barefoot whenever possible. Nonetheless, this practice can be dangerous for a few different reasons. To begin with, diabetics that don’t heal well or those on blood thinners that bleed easily need to be especially careful of avoiding wounds without protection that shoes provide for the best care.
Exposed feet can pick up all sorts of bacteria that may cause toenail fungus, warts, athlete’s foot to hookworm. Even if you don’t own a pet, when walking barefoot on that soft bed of grass outside might be infested with eggs from neighboring wildlife. Shoes serve a purpose that can keep feet healthier.
Walking barefoot can also harden the skin of the feet enough to produce callouses. It also can ruin the structure of the feet by damaging arches to bring on issues like flat feet to heel pain.
If you develop blisters, you may be wondering if it is better to pop or leave the blister alone for better foot care. Since the blister serves as the foot’s natural protection like a bandage, you should let it heal on its own. However, if the blister is large enough to prevent putting on shoes, then pop it with a disinfected needle. Afterwards, you should apply antibiotic cream to the drained area and cover with a bandage.
Healthier feet may have you rethinking how short you cut toenails during a pedicure. Try to cut them straight across without being too short is a better foot care practice. Otherwise, toenails can risk becoming ingrown.
People often try to end the ugly problem of callouses by shaving them. This is a hasty act of desperation that only can spell trouble of possibly developing an infection. Instead, take a gradual approach to work at that touch skin by using a pumice stone during your bath ritual to gently remove layers one at a time. You can also find wonderful results using my callus fix using dandruff shampoo instead of a pumice stone.
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