Footcare tips for healthy feet
By Naomi Ambrose, Staff Writer
Our feet support us when we leave our homes to walk to the bus station, the SkyTrain station, or just when we walk towards our car. Our feet also support us when we move around at school or in an office. Although our feet perform an important role, I think that they often don’t get enough care. By applying the following footcare techniques, I hope you’ll be motivated to show them some love.
Soak your feet in warm water with Epsom salt
Before you go to bed, take a moment to soak your feet in warm water with Epsom salt for at least 10 minutes. This will reduce any pain and/or swelling that may occur during your busy day. Also, according to the website Healthline, “Epsom salt can be used as an exfoliant to soften rough, cracked feet.” This is bound to be a help with all the cold, dry weather. You can experience the comfort of a nice foot soak by adding at least a tablespoon of Epsom salt to a large bowl, or foot bath, of warm water.
While you soak your feet, you can also take the time to study your class notes or textbook—making your foot bath even more beneficial.
Scrub your feet
Take a moment to scrub your feet and heels. Sometimes your feet and heels may feel sore and hard from the pressure of frequent walking and a buildup of rough skin and calluses. It is important to alleviate this pressure, and you can do it while beautifying your feet. Try out pumice stones, foot paddles, or foot brushes to find what works best for you. I suggest using a foot brush with the pumice stone as your feet will get a chance to be both smoothed and refreshed. I recommend doing this after a bath or shower, as the rough skin will be softer and easier to scrub away.
Use foot cream
While you have the option to use your regular cream, rubbing your feet with foot cream may also help to maintain the health of your feet. With a wide array of foot lotions out there, I suggest using foot cream that specializes in revitalizing and soothing feet. Anything with mint will help with circulation, which will help your feet recover from daily wear and tear. If your feet are dry or cracked, you may also consider using a balm or Vaseline.
By incorporating these footcare techniques, you may feel the joy of walking with comfort and confidence.