It’s easy to take your feet for granted and slack on your care routine, but you rely on them every day. Proper foot care when your feet are healthy can prevent problems that cause pain and disrupt your life. It’s also an excellent way to pamper yourself and help your feet look as good as they feel. This foot care guide explains what regular maintenance can do for even the healthiest feet.
How Should I Care for My Feet?
Soaking in Warm Water
Get your feet and nails clean and the skin soft with a 15-minute soak in the tub or a bowl of warm, soapy water. You can add a drop of an essential oil like peppermint to relieve pain or lavender to help you relax.
Use a pumice stone or fine-grain sandpaper to exfoliate away your callouses. Don’t pick at a callous or scrub until your feet hurt. Callous removal may take several soakings and exfoliations over the course of a few days.
Cracked skin is an opening for the virus that causes warts. A thick, creamy moisturizer will keep the skin healthy. Apply it to the tops and bottoms of your feet, but avoid moisturizing between your toes. This area needs to stay dry to prevent a fungal infection.
Toenails should be trimmed regularly to prevent nail tearing and chipping. Cut toenails straight across to avoid ingrown nails. They should be slightly shorter than the tip of the toe by just a few millimeters. Nails that are too short could cause nail bed bleeding or infection.
New York Foot Experts in Manhattan offers state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment options for your foot and ankle injuries and conditions. Dr. Daniel Drapacz specializes in the most advanced surgical techniques and provides non-invasive treatment options when surgery is not necessary. Prioritize your foot care today. Make an appointment at one of their five convenient locations by calling (212) 385-0801 or requesting an appointment online.