The sad truth is that most of us neglect our feet, but if we want to be comfortable and active later in life, our feet need lifelong care. After all, if our feet donít feel good, chances are that we wonít, either. Even walking can be a painful chore if our feet are unhappy.
But foot care doesnít need to be difficult or complicated. These simple suggestions are pretty heavenly and relaxing, as well as fabulous for our feet! Learn the simple basics of healthy foot-care here:
1. Keep calluses and other rough spots under control with regular maintenance. Use a pumice stone or abrasive foot scrub as needed. If allowed to remain unchecked, hard, thickened areas can become painful, dry, cracked, or infected, making walking difficult.
2. Give your feet a treat with a foot bath. Add a cup of marbles to the water and roll your feet around on top of them to stimulate nerve endings. Pick up marbles with your toes, flex and contract feet and toes, and then release the marbles to stretch arches and muscles.
3. Ask for a foot massage. Solicit the help of a friend or significant other. A vigorous, lower-leg and foot massage just canít be beat for deep relaxation. Add 2 to 4 drops of peppermint essential oil to your favorite lotion for a sensational treat for your feet.
4. Moisturize. The skin on the soles of your feet, like your palms, contains no oil glands to lubricate and soften, so moisturizing is up to you. Slather on a thick coat of cream each night before bed or before working out, put on natural-fiber socks and let the conditioning ingredients pamper your piggies!
5. Measure your feet. Donít assume you will wear the same size shoe from year to year. The shape of your feet changes with age, reflecting the cumulative affects of pregnancy and various types of daily impact. In fact, by age 45 your feet may be a whole size larger than they were in your early 20s. Feet tend to widen and lengthen with age. Make sure you have your feet measured while standing–not sitting–every time you buy shoes.
6. Get new shoes. Worn-out shoes have lost their support mechanisms, which can lead to foot, leg, and back fatigue and problems. If you exercise frequently or your job demands that you be on your feet all day, it is paramount that you replace your shoes at least every 6 months.
Adapted from How to Feel Fabulous Today! by Stephanie Tourles (Storey Books, 2001). Copyright (c) 2001 by Stephanie Tourles. Reprinted by permission of Storey Books.
Adapted from How to Feel Fabulous Today! by Stephanie Tourles (Storey Books, 2001).