Most of us take a bath daily or shampoo our hair a few times a week, but many of us ignore our feet.
Just think about it for a minute. Your feet are essentially the base of your body. They carry the load of your body weight with dignity and take several tons of force impact just during an average day of walking.
Still, we take them for granted – making them suffer by wearing high heels for hours, wearing sweaty socks or tight pantyhose, and not maintaining proper foot hygiene.
Due to improper foot hygiene, many people suffer from unbearable foot odor. Also, unclean feet can cause health issues, such as dermatitis, fungal infections like athlete’s foot, yellow or ingrown toenails, or infected cuts and sores.
Though many people do not make foot hygiene part of their daily routine, it should be. Just allowing the shower water to splash on them or dipping them in the bathtub isn’t good enough.
You don’t need an expensive spa treatment to take care of your feet. Spending just 5 to 10 minutes for daily cleaning and about 10 to 15 minutes on weekly foot care treatments is all it takes.
Here is the correct way to clean your feet daily.
1. Pour a small amount of lukewarm water in a suitably sized foot basin or tub. You can adjust the temperature as per your comfort level, but be sure to keep it warm rather than hot or cold.
2. Soak your feet in the water for 2 to 3 minutes, rubbing them occasionally. This will help loosen up the dead skin cells as well as sweat and dirt settled into the skin on your feet.
3. Lather up your feet with some mild soap. You can use either a bar soap or liquid soap, but avoid antibacterial soap. Scrub them with a loofah, washcloth or sponge for a couple of minutes to get the dirt off. Be sure to clean all areas of your feet, paying extra attention to the arches of your feet, between the toes and under the toenails.
4. Rinse your feet in clean water to rinse away the soap and other dirt particles. You will discover sparkly clean feet.
5. When done, dry your feet completely, especially between the toes. Leftover moisture between the toes is a breeding ground for bacteria, which causes odor as well as infections.
6. Finally, give your feet a nice massage while applying some moisturizer (except between the toes). This will prevent dryness and also promote better blood circulation.
Trim Your Toenails Weekly
Along with the skin on your feet, you must also take care of your toenails. They should be cleaned and trimmed once a week.
The best time to trim your toenails is just after a shower, when they’re softened up. Cut your toenails straight across, not on a curve, and file down sharp edges using an emery board. Always use clean nail clippers for trimming your nails.
If you have trouble reaching your toenails or cannot see them very well, ask for help from a family member or friend. You can also ask a podiatrist for help with this task.