A Guide to Keeping Your Feet Fresh

Our feet have a pretty hard life, they face hardship and abuse throughout most of the day in several forms; most of us keep our feet closed inside of our shoes from early morning to night-time when we get home after a long day of work and when we get home we do not really give much thought to the fact that just how bad is this for our feet. Even though feet are designed to withstand a lot, being squeezed shut inside of shoes for a large majority of the day pushes them beyond their limits and results in several problems.

People who frequently wear closed shoes are well-aquatinted with blisters, fungal infections, painful calluses and cracked heels, all of which cause a lot of discomfort and also lead to bad odours and your feet looking gross. Luckily many of these problems can be kept at bay by regularly taking care of your feet, let’s take a look at how to prevent and cure these common foot related ailments.

Blister And Calluses

Blisters and calluses are formed when our skin is subjected to a combination of moisture, friction and rubbing on a regular basis, both of these skin problems are the body’s way of defending itself from extensive damage to the subjected area. Blisters form first, the affected are swells with fluid and becomes irritable, calluses comes after a while when the same spot has been subjected to friction for a long period of time.

The best way to keep blisters and calluses from forming is to make sure that your foot does not have to deal with too much friction and moisture when inside of a shoe, experts recommend that in order to keep friction to a minimum, find a pair of shoes that fits you just right. Shoes that are too big or too small can both create friction, and to prevent moisture build-up inside of a shoe, one should wear absorbent socks and should switch to a new pair of socks as soon as they take of their shoes.

If you already have blisters and/or calluses on your feet then there are a few ways to get rid of them. If you have blisters then you should stop yourself from draining them on your own, instead, cover them in thick bandages and let them drain on their own. Medicinal salts and drying powders can be used to speed up the draining process.

Treating blisters involves drying them, whereas treating calluses requires one to moisturize the skin in order to soften it, there are many ointments and moisturizers that one can find easily enough at their local drug store for this purpose.

The best way to keep your feet fresh and safe from bacterial or wear and tear related problems is to keep them clean, moisturize and exfoliate them regularly and to wear shoes that are designed to provide your feet with support and comfort so that friction is kept to a minimum.