Your feet have just survived summer in sandals and the drastic change to boots can come at a price. Feet can be extremely dehydrated in the summer as people as people are not moisturizing them as regularly. When your feet are in shoes, any skin conditions can be extremely exacerbated.
Autumn is the perfect time to get your feet back in shape with a few helpful tips:
At least once a week, soak your feet in epsom salts for 15 minutes and then take a foot file/pumice stone around callused areas. Foot soaks are also known to increase circulation to the feet and aid in keeping skin healthy and moisturized. If you are a person living with diabetes, immunocompromised or have a difficult time reaching you feet, then book an appointment with one of our Chiropodists to have a medical pedicure to remove all the dry, cracked, hard skin.
Daily applications of moisturizers can help prevent painful deep cracks in your heels and prevent the further build up of hard skin. An ideal time to moisturize your feet would be after a shower or before bedtime and put on socks after to hold the moisturizer in. Recommended products are Gehwol Salve for cracked skin, Gehwol Foot cream and Dermal Therapy.
Take a break from nail polish
Nail polish has extremely hard chemicals such as Formaldehyde, Dibutyl Phthalate and Toluene which can cause nails to peel, turn yellow or cause permanent damage. If you are dealing with nail fungus, it is highly recommended to avoid wearing nail polish. Nail polish creates a perfect dark and impenetrable barrier in which fungus thrives in. If you have dry and brittle nails, also avoid wearing nail polish and moisturize with Vitamin E oil for strengthening the nails.
Find the proper footwear
The change from sandals to shoes can be a difficult transition for most people. Your feet can change drastically in only a few short weeks of wearing unsupported shoes; sometimes even causing more permanent damage. Be sure to wear shoes that are not completely flat, have some sort of arch support and a small heel or wedge.
Never ignore pain, it is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong.