Get Your Feet Ready for Sandal Season

The warm weather means one thing: Time to break out those lovely Sandals.

sandal seasonGet ready to feel the grass, beach or surf beneath your feet with the following heel-to-toe beauty tips from the American Podiatric Medical Association.

* After soaking, slough away calluses around the heels, balls and sides of your feet with a pumice stone or foot file. Avoid using a foot razor because it removes too much skin and can easily cause infection and permanent damage if used incorrectly.

* Eliminate dry skin and calluses by using an exfoliant scrub on the soles, sides and tops of your feet. Rub in circular motions and be sure to thoroughly rinse off the scrub. Pat feet dry, paying special attention to the area between your toes. Moisture can promote the development of athlete’s foot or other fungal infections.

* Clip toenails with a straight-edge toenail clipper to ensure they do not become curved or rounded in the corners. Toenails should be trimmed to just above the top of each toe.

* Remove buildup under your toenails with a wooden or rubber manicure stick. Do not use a sharp tool to clean under your nail because you may puncture the skin and leave it vulnerable to infection.

* Smooth nail edges by filing toenails with an emery board. File lightly in one direction without drastically rounding the corners of the nail. The file should only be used to smooth the edge of the nail and not to scrape the nail’s surface.

* Apply a healthy amount of emollient-enriched lotion over your feet. Be sure to remove any excess moisturizer from your toenails and from between your toes.

* After cuticles have been sufficiently moisturized, gently push them back with a rubber cuticle pusher or manicure stick. Cuticles serve as a protective barrier against bacteria entering the body and should never be cut.

* If you like to pamper your feet with pedicures, schedule appointments for first thing in the morning. Foot baths are typically cleanest earlier in the day.

* Apply nail polish only if your toenails are healthy. Nail polish locks out moisture and does not allow the nail or the nail bed to “breathe.” Remove the polish regularly.

Callus Removers – Do they work?

Foot calluses are real pain the feet, they vary a lot from simple burning hard skin to full blown calluses. We are told by the medical professional that they not a disease but part of the bodies natural defence mechanism, designed to protect bone when area of skin get undue pressure or friction.

For me I don’t care that they are natural or not they have to go, simple as that. I have suffered from them for years and only got short term relief after a trip to a Podiatrist or a good pedicure.

Home remedies just haven’t worked and in fact some of them have just made things worse, the summer is the most painful time your feet get extra hot and sweaty making the burning pain unbearable.

So when a good friend recommended an Electric Callus Remover I was extremely sceptical and pictured something like an industrial grinder. I knew from previous experience that the last thing you want on your feet is scare tissue, that will make hard skin and calluses even worse.

So did a bit of research and found like everything they varied greatly in price and I assumed quality. One that caught my eye on was a model in blue and red sold under a number of different brands, price seemed to vary from $20-$50. On closer inspection I found there were two models although they looked identical one was battery operated and the rechargeable.

Now I have kids so anything that takes 2 AA batteries is not going to be a good idea, my son will quickly have the batteries for his remote controlled car or my daughter for Barbies Car, besides you never know when they are at full power.

So it just has to be rechargeable for me, so the next step was which brand now this was a task to behold, there was at least 4 different brands all selling the same unit, so I decided to choose on customer service, one brand offered 90 day money back guarantee and a lifetime warranty, so that seemed like a good deal.

The brand was Foot Love (and no it’s not a foot fettish), similar price to the rest so decided to give them a whirl, I got free delivery and bought a couple of extra rollers because they were on special if I bought them together – total cost $48.90, not bad I hear you all say.

I always find Amazon a bit strange sometimes order can arrive very quickly, other times they can take days, to be honest I don’t like waiting for stuff.

Anyway Thursday morning it arrived, everything was good quickly put on to charge and then took the kids to school. Got home did a few jobs and then decided to have a go at my hard skin.

I’ve got to say it worked very well indeed, it tickled a little at first but after a quick 5 minutes on each foot there was real difference, I continued over the next couple of days and by Sunday the soles of my feet were as smooth as a babies. no one is more surprised than me, a problem I have suffered from – Hard Skin and Foot Calluses has finally been fixed by a $50 product from China.

So if you’re a man or women with hard skin on your feet, which most of us have get a Foot Love Callus Remover from today you won’t believe the difference it makes.

The Facts About Caring For The Fabulous Foot

If several hundred tons of pressure seems like a lot to bear, that sum may help you appreciate how hard your feet work.

An average day of walking brings a force equal to several tons of pressure to bear on your hardworking feet. That may explain why your feet are more subject to injury than other parts of the body.

The human foot is a biological masterpiece. It’s strong, flexible and functional design enables it to do its job well and without complaint-if you take care of it-yet foot ailments are among the most common health problems. Although some can be traced to heredity, many stem from the cumulative impact of a lifetime of abuse and neglect.

Studies show that 75 percent of Americans experience foot problems at some time in their lives, but few seek medical treatment because they mistakenly believe that discomfort and pain are normal and expectable.

A number of systemic diseases are sometimes first detected in the feet, such as diabetes, circulatory disorders, anemia and kidney problems. Arthritis, including gout, often attacks foot joints first.

Specialized Care

Your feet require specialized care and Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (DPMs) are the physicians and surgeons who practice on lower extremities, primarily on feet and ankles.

Most DPMs undergo four years of undergraduate work, followed by four years in an accredited podiatric medical school, followed by a hospital-based residency.

A doctor of podiatric medicine can make an important contribution to your total health, whether it is regular preventive care or surgery to correct a deformity.

Since self-treatment can turn a minor problem into a major one, you may want to learn about common ills that affect the feet and promptly see a podiatrist if these conditions occur or persist:

  • Athlete’s foot is a skin disease, caused by a fungus, that commonly attacks the feet. Signs are dry scaly skin, itching, inflammation and blisters.
  • Blisters are caused by skin friction. They should not be broken but bandaged.
  • Bunions are misaligned toe joints that can become swollen and tender.
  • Corns and calluses are protective layers of compacted dead skin cells caused by repeated frictions. Do not cut them off.
  • Foot odor results from excessive perspiration.
  • Hammertoe is a condition in which any of the toes are bent in a clawlike position. Surgery may be necessary to realign the toes.
  • Heel pain is generally traced to faulty biomechanics that place too much stress on the heel bone, ligaments or nerves in the foot.
  • Heel spurs are growths of bone on the underside of the heel bone. Both heel pain and spurs are often associated with plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of connective tissue.
  • Ingrown nails are nails whose corners or sides dig painfully into the skin.
  • Neuromas are enlarged, benign growths of nerves, most commonly between the third and fourth toes, but removal is sometimes necessary.
  • Warts are caused by a virus and can easily be removed.

The American Podiatric Medical Association recommends these tips to keep feet healthy:

1. Don’t ignore foot pain; it’s not normal.

2. Inspect your feet regularly for thick, discolored nails, cracks or cuts, peeling or scaling.

3. Wash feet regularly and dry completely.

4. Trim toenails straight across but not too short. Don’t cut nails in corners or on the side since this can lead to ingrown toenails.

5. Make sure shoes fit properly.

6. Select the right shoe for the activity you are engaged in.

7. Alternate shoes.

8. Avoid walking barefooted.

9. Be cautious about using home remedies.

10. If you are a person with diabetes, see a podiatric physician at least once a year for a checkup.

To learn more about treating foot problems, see the podiatrist.

The human foot is designed to do well if you take care of it and see a podiatrist when you experience pain or discomfort.

The Best Resource for Foot Care