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How to Take Better Care of Your Feet

By: Anna Martin - Updated: 2 Jan 2013 | comments*Discuss
 
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Looking after your feet is about more than just maintaining high grooming standards. If you take care and consideration about every aspect concerning the health of your feet, the condition of your footwear and how to get the best from the footcare products you purchase, your feet will reward you with endless years of happy service.

Use The Right Tools For The Job

In order to ensure your feet are looked after properly it is important to lavish care and attention on them. This means that when you are cleaning, grooming, repairing damage and dressing or generally maintaining a healthy appearance, it is essential that you use the correct tools for the job you are carrying out. For instance, trimming toenails with a good pair of clippers will ensure that the toenail is correctly cut sharply across. Using nail scissors to cut hardened toenails can sometimes result in the nail splintering and breaking, and can cause nail damage.

Using a cuticle stick, instead of a sharp, pointy household object, will also ensure that you push back the cuticles gently and correctly, which will help ward off any fungus growth.

Don’t Rely On Products

If you develop a fungal foot infection do not rely on over-the-counter products to make the problem disappear. Whilst the product will help clear up and minimise the fungal infection if you do not improve your footcare hygiene regime it won’t be long before you experience the problem again. Understand what caused the problem and aim to find a solution to stop it.

It is also worth shopping around when purchasing footcare products. It can be easy to be distracted by claims that a product works in a specific way, but it is also easy to end up with a bathroom cabinet full of items you never use. Purchasing a good quality essential oil like eucalyptus or tea tree oil is recommended as these oils not only have natural healing properties but also many uses.

Ask The Experts

If you spend a lot of time on your feet they naturally become the last thing you want to think about. Asking footcare experts and professionals for advice or hygiene assistance is worth considering. A professional pedicure can be a relaxing, pampering treat but it is also an opportunity for you to learn how to take better care of your feet.

Choose The Right Shoes

Wearing correctly fitting shoes will reduce the risk of developing blisters, bunions, corns and other unsightly foot conditions. Wearing the correct type of shoe, for the activity you are doing, will also help keep feet happy and healthy. For instance, tennis shoes are best worn whilst playing the sport and not if you are planning to go jogging or running.

Treat Your Feet

Feet sweat so it is important to choose socks and hosiery that not only provide comfort and support, but that also allow your feet to breathe, which helps to minimise subsequent odour problems. When purchasing socks choose natural fibres like good quality cotton instead of man-made fibres like nylon. If you really want to treat your feet a pair of luxuriously cosy cashmere socks is also worth considering.

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