Top Tips for Healthy, Barefoot-Ready Feet
1. Establish a daily foot care routine
Just as you care for your face each day, you should follow a regular routine for daily foot care. Following a foot care maintenance plan can help prevent problems and keep feet healthy and attractive. EVERYONE is happier with healthy, comfortable feet!
2. Cleanse feet with warm, soapy water
Wash your feet daily in warm, not hot, water with a mild soap. Water that is too hot and harsh detergents can strip the skin of natural oils and lead to dryness.
3. Dry feet thoroughly after washing
Dry your feet after washing, ensuring the area between the toes is completely dry. Excess moisture between the toes can promote uncomfortable fungal infections that can result in discolored, thickened toenails.
4. Apply a moisturizing cream to clean, dry feet
After cleansing and drying your feet, apply a moisturizing cream, paying special attention to dry and thickened areas. Omnibalm Daily Foot Therapy is an excellent choice because it contains effective moisturizers, absorbs quickly, and also contains 13% tea tree oil, a naturally powerful essential oil with antiseptic and antifungal properties. For extra moisturization, apply Omnibalm Daily Foot Therapy before stepping into socks, either during the day or before you go to bed.
5. Gently exfoliate corns and calluses
Avoid allowing calluses or thick skin to build up on your feet, as this compromises the skin’s ability to function optimally. Pumice stones can be used to gently smooth corns and calluses after bathing or showering. To avoid damaging the skin, rub gently in one direction. Diabetics should consult a doctor if corns or calluses develop.
6. Clip toenails straight across
Weekly or as needed, trim your toenails straight across with clippers after bathing or showering and drying your feet. Toenails will be softened after a bath or shower and easier to trim. To avoid ingrown toenails, do not cut the corners of the nails. Smooth the edges of your toenails with an emery board.
7. Avoid shoes made of sweat-inducing plastic, rubber, or vinyl
Do not wear shoes made of plastic, rubber, or vinyl that do not allow adequate ventilation of your feet. These types of shoes can promote sweaty feet and the growth of fungal infections.
8. Promote blood flow in feet
Use various techniques to promote circulation in your feet:
- When sitting, do not cross your legs, and put your feet up whenever possible.
- Massage your feet to enhance blood flow. Apply a moisturizing cream, such as Omnibalm Daily Foot Therapy, to allow your hands to move smoothly over the feet.
- As recommended by your doctor, engage in moderate physical activity to promote circulation in your feet and throughout your body. Walking, bicycling, and swimming are good forms of exercise that are feet-friendly. Try applying Omnibalm Daily Foot Therapy, with natural tea tree oil, before putting on your socks and athletic shoes to exercise. Tea tree oil, with antiseptic and antifungal properties, helps keep feet healthy and shoes smelling fresh.
9. Keep flip-flops or sandals handy when traveling
With summer, often come opportunities for travel and vacations where feet can be exposed. Wear flip-flops or sandals around the pool, to the beach, in the locker room, and in your hotel room to limit the chance of contracting any bacterial or fungal infections.
10. Apply sunscreen to feet
Apply waterproof sunscreen to your feet before heading outside in sandals or with bare feet, and reapply as needed. If you accidentally over expose your skin to the sun, remember to apply Omnibalm Daily Foot Therapy as soon as possible. Omnibalm cools and soothes sun damaged skin on contact.
- If you have concerns about a foot abnormality, contact your doctor or a podiatrist – a doctor that specializes in treating foot disorders – for diagnosis and treatment.
- If you have diabetes or other serious conditions, consult your doctor to ensure your foot care plan is customized for your individual needs.
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