Valentine’s Day is on Thursday, February 14th. On this day we show our love for those we care about the most, how about taking some time to care for the most neglected part of your body–your feet! Now for a quick anatomy lesson. The human foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints, and over 100 ligaments and tendons. They are linked by an enormous network of nerves, muscles, blood vessels, soft tissue and skin. The feet carry the weight of the body and help us perform daily tasks such as standing, walking and balancing. So they have earned some pampering for Valentine’s Day.
Here are some healthy suggestions for some tender loving foot care from Suffolk Foot and Ankle:
- Start by washing your feet with an anti-bacterial soap before bedtime. After drying them thoroughly, apply a moisturizing foot cream and put on a clean pair of socks. You will be amazed at the soft feet you wake up with. This new routine will keep your feet happy year-round.
- If your feet have hard skin or calluses, they will require a few more steps. Exfoliating scrubs contain small pumice granules or fine grains of salt. They should be used in the shower to remove the harder patches of skin.
- Heavily or thickly callused feet will need the most TLC with the assistance of a pumice stone or foot file. Apply pressure while using these exfoliating tools as they buff away the dead skin. The feet will be much easier to maintain, once the skin is ready.
- A foot massage can be deeply relaxing by gently rubbing, rolling, and manipulating the foot and ankle with a lotion or essential oils. It also can relieve stiffness and tension. This can be performed on yourself or on a loved one. There are also specialty foot spas. Feet are also included in regular professional massages.
- A spa pedicure in a clean, reputable salon is another option for pampering. Ask about their sanitization of tubs and equipment before sitting in their chair. If you are a diabetic or have other foot issues, head into our office and skip the salon.
- Shoes can also show your feet some love. Wear supportive shoes that fit properly. Shoes can put pressure on the arch and balls of the feet, especially high heels. Plan accordingly, by bringing along a second pair of shoes. Arch supports from Suffolk Foot and Ankle can be inserted to add comfort to almost any shoe.
Foot odor is truly a stinky situation. It can be avoided by following these steps:
- Anti-bacterial soaps will eliminate microorganisms.
- Soak your feet in saltwater, vinegar, or tea to eliminate bacteria and reduce moisture.
- Wear socks made from material to wick moisture away and let your feet breathe.
- Spray an antifungal inside your shoes. Do not wear the same shoes every day. Allow them to dry between wearing.
These are great ways to show your feet a little love, but don’t underestimate the importance of coming in to see us at Suffolk Foot and Ankle. Contact us now to make an appointment!