Ways to Make Your Feet Feel Better
Your Fabulous Feet
They’re easy to take for granted, but it’s hard to get anywhere without them. And when they hurt, it can be tough to concentrate on anything else. So pamper your feet to keep them at their best.
Keep an Eye on Them
Your feet take a beating every day, and small problems can turn into big ones if you ignore them. Look over your feet each day for cuts, sores, loose or discolored toenails, swelling, or rashes.
When you’re walking, they’re working — and they sweat, too. When the cracks and crevices between your toes are trapped in your shoes, they’re a warm, moist place that’s ideal for fungus. And that can lead to things like athlete’s foot. When you wash your feet, the water shouldn’t be too hot — between 90 and 95 degrees is best — and don’t forget to get between your toes.
Keep Them Dry
This may seem obvious, but many people don’t dry their feet the right way. It’s not just the tops and bottoms: You should get between your toes — where fungus is most likely to cause problems.
After you dry your feet, sprinkle cornstarch or talcum powder on them to help keep them dry. If you have athlete’s foot or some other infection, you can try special medicated foot powders that help with itching, too.
Don’t Soak Them
It may feel good at the time, but soaking your feet for long periods can lead to dry, cracked skin that can cause pain, sores, and even infection. Wash, dry, powder, and repeat — and leave it at that. Save the soaking for your beans.
Keep Them Soft
Lotion, cream, petroleum jelly — whatever moisturizer you prefer — put a thin coat of it on the tops and bottoms of your feet. Make sure to rub it all the way in and skip between your toes, where too much moisture can cause trouble.
Trim Your Toenails
You want to cut them straight across. You can smooth the corners with an emery board or nail file, but don’t angle them. That can cause your toenails to grow into your skin, which is painful and can lead to infection. Have a foot doctor trim them if you can’t see, reach, or feel your feet, or your toenails are thick, yellowed, or grown into your skin.
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