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Footcare Tips for Healthy, Happy Feet

Your feet are probably the hardest working part of your body. They move you from point A to point B carrying your full weight to get there. Yet how much attention do you really give them?

Feet require just as much attention as your hands or face. You need to clean and massage and dote on them in order to keep them healthy. If you’ve never given it much thought before, here are 10 footcare tips that can help keep your feet beautiful.

Take Your Feet for a Walk on the Beach

First up on our list of footcare tips is to give those footsies some earth and air. If you have a few hours and want to get outside and do something special for your feet, take a barefoot walk on the beach. Not only is walking barefoot in sand beneficial to your aching feet it’s a great workout for the rest of your body as well. In fact, some suggest that a walk on the beach is so relaxing many people walk further than they would on a harder surface.

As for your feet, the grains of sand at water’s edge provide a soothing massage and a free exfoliant. Clint Ober, CEO of Earth FX and a pioneer in his field, calls walking on sand Earthing. It’s about grounding the nerve endings in the bottom of your feet with the free electrons in the earth. For those without ready access to the beach, cool grass is a good substitute.

Wear the Proper Shoes

When you go somewhere, you probably put a lot of thought into what to wear. Is the scene casual, formal, business, or something else? Your shoe choice probably plays an equally important role. You want them to be stylish as well as suit the outfit. Do you ever consider comfort?

Most people think of penny loafers or nurse’s shoes when they hear the word comfortable. However, there are many more options these days and not all of them are ugly. Naturalizer and Easy Spirit offer comfortable shoes in contemporary styles. Look for shoes that offer soft, flexible uppers such as leather with solid non-slippery soles. Lower heels are more comfortable and easier on your feet. To ensure you choose the proper size, have your feet measured.

It’s not that you can’t wear those beautiful high heels to your best friend’s wedding. It’s that you need to do it in moderation. After all, you wouldn’t eat piece after piece of her wedding cake. It’s not healthy. However, you can get away with occasionally wearing high heels three to four hours for a special event. Keep in mind that if you walk around in 4-inch heels continuously, the pressure on your toes may result in bunions or even arthritis.
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Bathe Your Feet, Too

Don’t get so preoccupied with washing your face, hands, and body you forget to pay attention to your feet. Feet need love, too.

Beware that bathing can increase your dry skin even on your feet. You can reduce dry skin problems by limiting bath time and avoiding the use of very hot water. Whenever you do take a bath or shower, consciously wash your feet. Rub off any dead skin, especially on your heels, with a pumice stone or foot file.

Moisturize Your Feet Every Day

One of the biggest foot problems is dry, cracked feet especially at the heel, so fourth on our list of footcare tips is proper moisturization. Cold winter months, dehydration, excessive bathing, and harsh soaps can wreak havoc on both hands and feet.

Keep them soft by making sure to use lotion after you bathe. If you find the problem is particularly bad, slather your feet with petroleum jelly and cover them with socks. Sleep like that and you’ll wake up to softer tootsies.

Put Your Feet Up

You don’t have to work in a job that has you standing most of the time to find your feet are tired at day’s end. The very act of walking will eventually wear them out.

However, standing as well as sitting can affect your circulation. Raise your feet about six inches above heart level for as little as 10 minutes a day and you’ll feel better. Additionally, limiting the amount of time you cross your legs and not smoking can help reduce leg, ankle, and foot inflammation.
Footcare Tips: Regular pedicures for soft, supple feet.

Give Your Feet a Pedicure

Whether you do it yourself, have a loved one help, or get a professional to do the job, a pedicure is one of the best things you can do to keep your feet looking and feeling healthy. A pedicure can even call attention to nail diseases and foot problems.

A typical pedicure includes foot soaking, foot scrubbing, nail clipping and shaping, a foot and calf massage, moisturizing, and your choice of nail polish. Treat yourself to a mani/pedi and you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner.

Keep Those Toenails Trimmed

Even if you don’t give yourself a complete pedicure, make sure to keep your toenails trimmed the same way you keep your fingernails in check. Leaving them to grow too long can result in ingrown toenails and potential pain.

To cut toenails correctly, use toenail clippers. They are larger than traditional fingernail clippers and can cut through thicker toenails. Be sure to cut straight across using small cuts or, if you care for your feet regularly, keep toenails neat by filing them down instead. Be sure to pull the emery board in one direction only.

Eat for Your Feet

You may not have considered it before; however, whatever you put in your body can have a direct impact on it including your feet.

Specifically, experts warn about inflammation of your feet due to the consumption of too many refined grains, sugars, and trans-fat. This includes eating too many saturated fats found in red meat and omega-6 fats used in vegetable oils. To counter balance the effects, add more fruits and vegetables to your diet along with omega-3 fats found in fatty fish such as salmon.

Give Your Feet a Physical Check-Up

While getting an annual physical exam may seem like the norm, how often do you take the time to check your feet to ensure they’re healthy? Fungal and bacterial conditions are a real threat to their well-being, including problems such as athlete’s foot, blisters, corns, calluses, bunions, bone spurs, hammertoe, and ingrown toenails. To avoid these issues:

  • Keep feet clean and dry
  • Expose feet to fresh air as often as possible
  • Lotion feet after bathing
  • Dust feet with fungicide powder, if there is a problem
  • Wear the right size shoe

To avoid pain and discomfort, pay attention to your feet and get medical help if you notice any problems.

Make an Appointment with a Podiatrist

Don’t wait until foot problems get out of hand. If you have any concerns about your feet, see a podiatrist to prevent foot issues from becoming chronic.
In particular, people who run frequently, have diabetes, have persistent heel pain, have chronic calluses/corns/bunions, or experience unusual pain in the feet and ankles should make an appointment to see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

Beautiful feet don’t just happen. They need pampering. Take care of your feet with these 10 footcare tips and they’ll take care of you.

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Mind Over Matter: Your Beliefs and Your Appearance

The law of attraction has become a popular topic in books, films and journalism as well as amongst “alternative” thinkers. It’s fashionable nowadays to say that we draw all of our life experiences to us energetically, and that our energy is created through the focus of our thoughts. What is not so often pointed out, however, is that this “law” applies even to something as intimate as our bodily image, our physical appearance.

If we constantly influence our external environment with our thoughts and feelings, then clearly the closest (to us) portion of that environment is our own physical form. It is no accident that we may appear youthful or aged, sexy or unattractive, slim or voluptuous in the eyes of others. The effect that your appearance has upon a beholder is not the mere chance result of the way your features formed in accord with some strictly biological design.

Your image is the reflection of your thoughts and feelings about yourself, your worth as a person, your relationship to others, your place in the world and many other considerations. You could think of your physical body as a kind of statement that you’re making to everyone with whom you may come into contact.

Your beliefs about yourself mold your appearance as surely as they create every other aspect of your life. Some schools of alternative or New Age thought might suggest that you adopt very simple methods for changing aspects of yourself that you feel unsatisfied with: Just think good thoughts, or repeat positive affirmations and things will change. But if you explore your personal reality more deeply, you may find that you have strong underlying reasons for wanting to look the way you do.

Maybe you feel that you’re not a good, worthy person and therefore you shouldn’t look attractive. Maybe you fear drawing “the wrong kind of attention”. Maybe you believe there is something unhealthy about being thin. There are countless inner reasons why we choose to appear the way we do before the eyes of the world. Discovering what your reasons are will require some personal exploration. This is a journey that goes a lot smoother if we truly believe that all the answers to our lives do lie within us. Taking personal responsibility for the reality that you have created for yourself will open up the doors to new, unforeseen possibilities. You will see that the road you chose is but one of many roads that are available.

The effect that our appearance has on others is determined by inner qualities that we may or may not be aware of. If we want to change the way we look, the way that others perceive us, we have to become conscious of our real beliefs about ourselves. Diets and exercises will produce temporary results at best if we don’t first change the way we think about ourselves. Our thoughts always materialize in the world, whether it’s in the form of the relationships we draw to ourselves or in the reflection that we see when we look into the mirror.


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