Summer is just around the corner and that means open toe shoe season and more outdoor activity. But nobody wants to spend their summer with ugly feet so that’s why we’re here with day-to-day foot care tips in order to get rid of any nasty foot problems caused by cosmetic issues. A carefree summer is a pain free summer and it all starts with your feet.
Simple Foot Fixes
Foot pain can be surface level and entirely fixable. From corns and calluses to just plain old ugly toenails we have the foot care tips to fix those feet right up.
Corns – These are thickened areas that are similar to calluses but have a hard center surrounded by inflamed skin found on the tops of feet or between toes. They can be treated with different types of medicated products that contain salicylic acid to dissolve the protein that makes up the dead layer of skin.
Calluses – These are generally inflamed areas that turn into thickened dead skin and can become painful because of excessive rubbing or pressure from wearing shoes that don’t fit properly. They can be found in weight bearing areas on your feet and treated the same way as corns.
Dry Feet – Pumice stones are your new best friends. You can either keep one in the shower to use each time you soap up or set a bit of time aside to soak your feet in soapy warm water for 20 minutes or so and then use the pumice stone. Afterwards you should apply lotion and then put on a pair of clean cotton socks to wear overnight so that the moisture is locked in and will be absorbed.
Toenail Fungus – This starts as small spots under the nail and then escalates to a discoloring, thickening and even crumbling of the toenail. You can try some at-home remedies like rubbing tea tree oil on the affected nail or create an apple cider vinegar mixture that also helps with the smelly factor. You’ll find that the fungus doesn’t seem to go away with these methods and you’ll want to look into toenail fungus laser treatment.
Pedicures are a great method of foot care if you take the proper precautions and can help out with dry skin or alleviate pain temporarily. Who doesn’t love some pampering? Just make sure if you have any sore spots to alert the nail tech so they don’t cause you any additional pain.
A common question is, “Can I get a pedicure if I have toenail fungus?” Although there is no law in place it’s common courtesy to avoid getting professional pedicures because you don’t want to risk passing your fungus onto others. It’s better to get your own pedicure tools and set up a mini spa all from the comfort of your living room. This will help to achieve a fungus free summer and temporarily help out any associated foot pain too.
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