We all have routines for daily grooming. I wash my face and make sure I put my anti-wrinkle lotion on morning and night. I brush and floss my teeth three times a day. Unfortunately, my routine is not as vigorous when it comes to my feet.  Most of us use our feet in one way or another every day, yet they are more often than not – completely neglected. Listed below are some easy daily routines to follow:

FIRST AND FOREMOST:

Obviously, washing and thoroughly drying your feet daily is of the utmost importance. If possible, avoid communal foot baths and swapping shoes with strangers. Cinderella’s sisters will tell you…trying to squeeze your feet into the wrong size shoes just won’t do! Even if you find a pair of Jimmy Choo’s in the bargain bin, if they don’t have your size, don’t buy it. You will pay for it in the long run. Do your shoe shopping in the evening, as your feet tend to swell during the day. People generally have one foot that is slightly larger than the other one so it is important to try on both pair of shoes. Go barefoot in moderation, as the soles of the feet will become calloused, which can lead to painful, bleeding or infected cracks in the heels.

A MANAGEABLE ROUTINE:

In the shower, use a firm brush to scrub not just the soles of your feet, but your nails as well. A pumice or foot scraper will help to get rid of callouses and dead skin cells. Keep your skin nice and soft by applying a moisturizing cream after your shower. When trimming and shaping your toenails, it is best to go with the “square” look, as rounding the nail down the sides can lead to ingrown toenails. Keep your cuticles pushed back to avoid painful hang nails. There are some great cuticle creams on the market that will help in keeping them soft. Start these routines now so that by the time summer rolls around again, you won’t have to panic about the state of your feet. That being said, if you are currently suffering with ailments such as bunions, ingrown toenails, painful callouses, or corns – Healthy Feet Podiatry can help eliminate the pain and give you helpful pointers on how to avoid these disorders in the future.