We have lots of bits and pieces of advice about foot care that don’t really fit in anywhere and that don’t deserve their own article. Or maybe we’ve written about them before and think they’re worth a quick mention again.
Here’s a hodgepodge of advice and comments about foot care that we think you’ll find useful and interesting.
Deal With Lumps And Bumps
Calluses are tough areas of skin that develop from contact or pressure. They don’t usually cause pain, but they look bad, and you can get a blister or other underlying tissue damage if you don’t treat them and remove the pressure source. Shoe insoles and other orthotics — as well as better shoes — can eliminate the pressure. A balm or ointment for dry, cracked skin can help loosen calluses and allow the area to become normal beautiful skin again.
Speaking of dry, cracked skin, cracked heels are more than just a cosmetic issue. They can be painful. Try using a rich cream or foot oil to get this problem under control too. If there are no cracks that go all the way through the skin and no pain, you can buff away dead skin to help return dry heels to normal skin again.
Corns are a bit more difficult, especially if you find that commercially available corn pads damage and irritate the surrounding skin. If the corn is small and not very deep, a cream, balm or ointment may help. Otherwise, you may need to seek medical treatment.
In fact, any kind of lump or bump that doesn’t respond quickly to treatment needs care. It will only get worse if left untreated.
Bunions and ingrown toenails are other kinds of lumps and bumps that require different treatment.
A bunion may be an inherited condition, so you may not be able to prevent it. You can slow its development and reduce the discomfort by treating with a regulator, guard, cushion or some other kind of bunion treatment.
For ingrown toenails, medical attention is again necessary. If you don’t take action, the problem will simply recur — even if you’re able to dig out the offending toenail piece yourself.
Stretching Makes Good Sense
If you don’t include stretching as part of your regular foot health program, you’re missing out. Reflexologists suggest that every part of your wellbeing is linked to your feet. But whether that’s true or not, your feet will feel better and you’ll be able to stand and walk with less discomfort if you stretch away foot muscle issues.
Plantar fasciitis, heel spurs and Achilles tendonitis can benefit from foot flexes. And massaging the bottom of the heel can help plump up your natural padding, allowing you to walk more easily and with less heel pain.
We have lots more odds and ends to offer — including some great information about pedicures and how they improve foot health, but that’s a story for another day.
Today, just take into consideration all the abuse your feet get — then take action to counteract as much of it as possible. Your whole body will be grateful.