Standing and walking on hard surfaces for long periods can lead to fissures, which are commonly referred to as cracked heels. These can open up and become very deep cracks in the deeper layers of the skin. If left untreated these fissures can open, become very painful and possibly become infected.
Tip: Soak your feet in warm water for no longer than 10-15 minutes at a time; follow this by using a pumice stone or heel scrubber on your heels. Then apply a good moisturizing lotion or cream.
Some patients take a scalpel or a sharp object to the heels to remove hard skin. Not a good thing! The risk of injury and infection is great, if you need the hard skin cleaned up, visit a foot specialist.
A lack of oil glands in your feet leaves them prone to dryness. Cold, dry weather, and walking around barefooted also drain away moisture.
Tip: Hydrate and exfoliate daily. After bathing, use a pumice stone or a heel scrub to clean up dry skin. Using a good quality foot scrub (such as mixing almond oil and brown sugar) afterwards will help significantly improve the quality of skin. If you're prone to very dry skin on your feet, applying a medical grade foot cream to your feet and put on a pair of socks before going to bed. Your heels will thank you in the morning.
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Blisters occur when feet get hot & sweaty, making socks stick to the feet. The sock and foot then rub against each other and the inside of the shoe. Fluid fills up a space between layers of skin to protect the area, like a small balloon.
Tip: In most cases, blisters heal naturally and do not require specialist attention. The body will reabsorb the fluid and the blister will dry and peel off. The skin that forms on top of the blisters provides a natural defense to infection. Ideally you should not pierce a blister with a needle and allow it to heal naturally.
You can cover a blister with an adhesive dressing or gauze. If the blister is causing you pain then cover the area with a soft dressing and change the dressing daily. Once the blister bursts, avoid peeling the skin and cover the exposed skin with a dressing.
If a blister becomes infected, it will be very painful, swollen and possibly red. It is advisable to visit your foot specialist for a check-up. This is especially important for those with increased health risks, such as diabetes and poor circulation.
Extra step: There are special blister cushions which can be purchased fro a local pharmacy that can be used as prevention in areas that are blister prone.
All winter long we hide our toes inside closed shoes and boots. But now spring has arrived! The sun will be shining and it's time to show off those toes! However, your feet may be all dry, rough, and cracked. Even worse you may be sporting some crooked toes and joints. But don't worry! With a little help you can get your feet ready for warmer weather!
And finally DON'T forget the sunscreen!
When people are wearing sandals on a really hot day they cover the entire body with sunscreen apart from the feet. Your feet are like the rest of your body - they can burn. Apply sunscreen to the tops of your feet and toes before going outdoors.
At the first sign of a little bit of sun we start to increase our activity from shopping, to sports to kids to the park. In plain, we just cannot wait to get outside!. We start to give our feet a sudden workout after the relative rest of the winter months.
The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a broad band of fibrous tissue which runs along the bottom of the foot, from the heel to the toes. Plantar fasciitis is a condition in which the plantar fascia is inflamed. This condition can be very painful and cause considerable amount of suffering.
Tip: One of the most effective treatment options for heel pain is orthotics. But a good thing to try first is heel cushions with supportive insoles. Good supportive footwear is of utmost importance in treating and preventing this very common problem.
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Most of us have a friend or relative who can clear a room when they kick off their shoes. And even the sweetest smelling person can do a good job stinking up a pair of shoes by running a few miles in them.
The main thing that feeds foot smell is sweat. With more than 250,000 sweat glands each, your feet are among the most perspiring parts of the body. In one day, each foot can produce more than a pint of sweat! Heat, sweat, moisture, synthetic fibers, closed footwear and hyperhidrosis can all cause smelly feet.
Tip: Keep feet clean and dry. If you wear socks, change them daily. Look for specialized synthetic sports socks, often designed for athletes. These materials are designed to wick moisture away from the skin, thus reducing sweat and odour. Change shoes daily. Alternate between different shoes each day if possible. Give them a chance to dry out. Dust feet frequently with a foot powder (don't forget between the toes to remove excess moisture). Choose shoes that are made of leather, canvas, mesh or other materials that let the feet breathe.
Extra step: You can purchase special anti-perspirants for feet over the counter at many pharmacies if the above measures aren't enough.
When your feet are subjected to repeated friction and pressure, calluses are formed to protect your feet from further damage. Calluses occur for a variety of reasons such as poor footwear, but are more likely to occur due to poor foot biomechanics.
Tip: After soaking your feet, gently file calluses away with a callus pumice stone or emery board. Apply lotions to moisturize the skin generously. Soft skin will tend to develop less callus, as well as be less painful. Consider proper footwear, and orthotics to treat the underlying poor foot/ joint mechanics which cause the calluses.
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