Happy New Year and Happy Feet With Proper Foot Care

proper foot Care for the New YearThe year of 2018 is just around the corner. This may be the perfect time to start the new year with a self rewarding plan for your overall well-being. One great way to start is with with your fabulous and fearless feet. After all, they are daily responding to the call of duty in shoes, pumps or boots out there to bring you where you need to be.

You will be surprised to know your feet are literally supporting the weight you bring to them when stepping out into the world. When you step out and carry on with your daily life duties, you are asking your feet to respond accordingly. At the dawn of 2018, we feel it is important to bring to your attention some very important foot care tips, duties and reminders that will give you a better outlook for your overall well-being and beauty.

Foot Care for the New Year

Here is what you can do and set aside some time to do them:

  • Keep a foot pampering schedule–twice a month–to stay on track for massage, pedicure, oil/salt infused soak, exfoliation and close inspection for any oddities.
  • Be open to new technology in footwear to serve your feet better–without sacrificing
     style.
  • Try having a orthotic foot scan to determine your arch type, pronation and gait.

The Spring season is only a few months away which requires consistent foot care. This foot care will bring you with a head start in feeling and looking great when it is time to bring your feet out with a lighter and casual footwear.

Get this early head start with these easy Do’s and Don’ts:

– Do examine your feet daily after washing (always completely dry)

– Don’t let your feet become wet and cold for long periods

– Do wear socks that wick moisture away to keep your feet dry

– Don’t wear heavy socks that make your shoes too snug or tight

– Do moisturize daily, but not between toes (can cause fungus growth)

– Don’t ever cut cuticles (gently push them back)

– Do find shoes that don’t sacrifice comfort for looks (you can have both)

– Don’t wear anything that causes friction or discomfort

– Do trim nails straight across and file edges slightly

– Don’t cut calluses on your own (by doctor only)

– Do look for cushioned foot bed with arch support

– Do use pumice stone to gently remove hard skin after washing

– Don’t ignore chronic swollen feet and ankles (see your doctor)

For those family members and friends suffering from diabetes, remind them the importance of foot care awareness. It will prevent further possible complications.

Finally, keep in mind your feet take the weight of your whole body and go through a lot of wear and tear. By making them susceptible to injury, fatigue and infections will help your overall health. According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, neglecting your feet can lead to unnecessary pain and other foot problems. Now it is the time to make an effort to keep your feet happy as 2018 is about to start.

Your Feet Need a Homemade Pedicure

Homemade pedicure or Salon Pedicure - Pamper Yur feet

Pampering Your Feet

When you take care of yourself, you think of skin care like your face or simply using the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair. But nobody seem to think that your feet also need the care like any other body parts. Feet often get ignored in the caring process. It is when your feet hurt that you get the reminder.

Your feet need to be pampered and cared for and what a better way to give yourself a homemade pedicure or head down to your local pedicure salon. Push these hard and unwanted chores for an hour or two and take the time for a homemade pedicure. If you are going to make time for it, the weekend is probably the best time.  During the holidays or time off, take the time to give yourself a pedicure too. This is the moment to get pampered and you deserve it.

Why You Need A Homemade Pedicure

But if you are at home, a homemade pedicure can be very relaxing and you will enjoy it. For those heading to the salon, a pedicure will also include the proper care your feet need starting with a thorough cleaning. Your feet will feel soft, relaxed and healthy.

For those of you who aren’t women or metrosexual, a pedicure is a beauty treatment for your feet – it involves cleaning and improving their appearance with a set of steps.

Your nails are clipped and filed, the callus (hard skin) is taken care of, these days many places also offer a foot rub and leg massage all the way up to the knees. In the end, your toenails are painted with a shade you like.

Taking good care of your feet is imperative. Wrong, uncomfortable shoes, etc can leave your heels cracked and your feet with calluses and corns, ingrown toenails. If left untreated, dirt can get accumulated and make the condition worse. A homemade pedicure will take care of all this.

How to choose the right one

If it is your first pedicure session or one after over six months, go for a more elaborate treatment. The treatments involves the massage of your feet and legs. The cleaning process will be longer too. Though it will be a bit expensive, it will give your feet the care they’ve been craving for. If you regularly keep your feet primed and proper, you can opt for a basic pedicure every couple of months just to pamper them once in a while.

Some other types include pedicure to remove tan wherein a pack is applied to your feet in addition to the cleaning and massage. If your feet are dry and in dire need of moisture, then a pedicure with paraffin wax is done to lock in the lost moisture and make them soft. If you suffer from pain in your feet, then an elaborate massage using hot stone therapy can be done. Choices are aplenty depending on what kind of treatment you are looking for. So keep your feet’s condition in mind when you opt for a pedicure.

These days, many people opt for a fish pedicure where they nibble on your toes and eat off the dead skin cells. But there is a high risk of infection involved as it is not possible to clean the tub completely with the fish in it and this can give rise to bacteria. Also, the fish need to be changed from time to time which may not be followed everywhere. it is better to steer clear of such a pedicure than get infected with something. The beauty treatment has been banned by various salons abroad.

Though a salon treatment sounds fancy, it is always better to check if the place is hygienic enough or else you can end up with feet infection.

Make sure the tub in which you soak your feet in is clean and the water is fresh. The instruments used for the pedicure are sterilized and the towels aren’t used and old.

How to do it at home

If you do not wish to go to a salon, you can even give yourself a pedicure at home. Below is a comprehensive homemade pedicure guide.

Fill a small tub with warm water and add a few drops of olive oil or any essential oil in it. Now soak your feet in it for at least 15 minutes. This will help soften your skin especially the calluses. Next, dry them with a towel and apply cuticle cream on your toes and use a cuticle pusher to push them back. You can use a toothpick to clean your nails also.

Using a pumice stone or brush, gently scrape off the dead skin cells by rubbing it on your feet but in the same direction. Wash your feet again and then apply a moisturiser and massage your feet for as long as you like.

Now for your nails, first cut them with a nail clipper – be careful to not cut too deep or too much around the edges. Next, file them in the desired shape and remove your old nail paint with a nail polish remover. Apply a base coat (transparent nail polish) and let it dry. Choose a shade you like and put the first coat. After it dries off, apply the second coat.

You will have happy feet and they will feel healthy!

Basic Foot Care Tips For Year Round Exposure

iVog Xbuff - Basic Foot Care Tool for Calluses Removal

iVog Xbuff – Calluses Removal

There’s nothing worse than having to take your shoes off and exposing rough cracked heels, corns, bunions and blisters. Our feet carry us many miles on a daily basis and they deserve special treatment after a long day. The following are a few basic tips to get your feet ready for year-round exposure and not just for spring or summer sandals.

Basic Tips for Basic Foot Care

1) Blisters, corns and bunions, Oh My! Those pointy toe shoes are cute and in-style but your feet suffer greatly. A lot of foot ailments are due to neglect and abuse. According to the APMA all three foot ailments can be helped or prevented by wearing the proper foot wear, which is what my grandmother would tell me over and over again…needless to say, I didn’t listen. The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) suggest using over the counter creams (avoiding acid preparations) and exfoliating products on corns. Blister shouldn’t be broken, but if broken wash with soap and water; apply an antiseptic ointment and cover to prevent infection. Bunions can be helped by wearing shoes that have a wide toe box and consulting your podiatrist. If you suffer from diabetes consult your medical doctor or podiatrist to determine the best way to care for your feet.

2) Make sure your feet stay clean by washing and drying between your toes and making sure you dry them well to prevent bacteria and fungi from forming, which thrives in moist areas. Always give your shoes time to air out and dry between wearing’s and using a little foot powder can help to keep your feet dry.

3) If you have athlete’s foot or any other fungal conditions, Dr. Scholl’s Foot Center suggest that you DO NOT REUSE your towel during treatment as bacteria can lay dormant for up to 4 weeks. Athletes foots can be contracted in swimming pool areas, gyms and anywhere a persons bare foot will come in contact with such as a dressing room.

4) If you give yourself a home pedicure, try soaking your feet for about 10 minutes in 1 cup of Epsom Salt or sea salt to 2 gallons of water in a foot tub. Great method for softening skin, eliminating odor and soothing tired sore feet. You can also soak your whole body in Epsom salt and take care of your feet at the same time.

5) Use exfoliating products to prevent or remove hard skin from your feet. There are various types of foot exfoliating treatments, pumice stones and files on the market to choose from. while you’re in the bath tub scrub your feet and heels with your favorite body scrub to keep them soft and smooth.

6) Take your own personal pedicure tools as some lower scale salons use the same tools on everyone. For your in-home pedicure, make sure you wash your tools with an antibacterial soap to get rid of any bacteria that may form before using again.

7) Sometimes polish will crack or peel before the next pedicure and you can remedy that by using your own polish so you can touch up a toe or two in between visits. I started using my own polish because the polish rubs off my baby toe when I wear closed in shoes and touching up one toe is easier than taking the polish off and repainting all ten when changing into open shoes.

8) If you have very dry skin use an ultra moisturizing lotion or cream on your feet. Apply after a bath or shower and then place socks on your feet, which will make them extra smooth and moisturized in the morning and ready for those open toe sandals.

9) When wearing open sandals, flip-flops or going barefoot at the beach, use sunscreen on the top of your feet. Don’t forget to reapply after coming out of the water.

10) Treat your feet to a massage, in-home or at a professional salon. Our feet carry us many miles on a daily basis and deserve special treatment.

Basic foot Care Tools

Products like the Adventure Medical Kits Foot Care Products Moleskin or the Johnsons Foot Care Johnson’s Foot Soap Large 8 Count can be a great start and a great help to address these basic foot care. Removing dead skin and calluses is essential to great foot care and a tool like the Foot Renewal Care Mask Remove Dead Skin Peeling Cuticles Membrane as well as the SODIAL(R) Blue Plastic Handle Dead Skin Calluses Corn Remover Foot File Massager

Remember your feet can look great year round with a little care and proper foot wear. Your feet are the key to your mobility and taking care of your feet today will prevent future problems.