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A Complete Foot Guide: Pedicure, Home Recipes, Feet Health & Shoes

Updated on November 23, 2013


Learn how to do your own spa pedicure. This article will walk you through an easy ten-step pedicure process that you can do in the comfort of your own home. A cost-benefit analysis of doing a home pedicure versus a salon pedicure is shown for your benefit. There are many perks of doing a pedicure yourself versus letting a professional do it.

Each foot beauty recipe shown contains easy how-to instructions. The homemade foot recipes will also show you the costs of making each one. Considering you can make about 5 to 10 recipes at a lower cost than one store-bought one, the savings of home recipes is worth it. They also make great gifts.

Educate yourself on how to recognize foot health issues. Mastering the creation of these recipes can help with foot healthcare. This article will cover the causes, symptoms, and treatment of most major foot health problems. Also, credible medical website links have been provided for further reading.

Learn how to choose the right shoes. Upon studying foot care health issues, often one of the easiest and least expensive treatments for a health problem is wearing the right shoes. A popular list of nationwide shoe stores is given with a description of each and a link to locate the store nearest you.


Part One: The Pedicure


1. 10 Step At-Home Pedicure

2. Cost Comparison of Pedicures

3. Foot Massage Technique Video



At Home or At A Salon?

Which do you use: A Nail Salon for your Pedicures, or Do you do it at home?

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Beauty Salon Fact

75% of the salons in the United States do not follow state protocol when it comes to safety and sanitary procedures. - Dr. Robert Spalding, Podiatrist

Easy At-Home Pedicure


1. Clean Your Feet

2. Cut Your Toenails

3. Smooth Your Feet

4. Push Back Your Cuticles

5. Remove Your Old Nail Polish

6. Apply Toe Separators

7. Apply a Base Coat

8. Paint Your Toenails

9. Moisturize, and Apply Sun-block

10. Apply a Top Coat


Step-by-Step Home Pedicure Instructions


Step 1: Clean Your Feet - After completing a warm, long bath, your toenails are soft and easy to cut. Also, when your feet are clean, smooth, and silky, you will be motivated to do your pedicure. Make it fun and relaxing!


Step 2: Cut Your Toenails - Trim your toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toe nails. File off ragged edges with a firm nail file. You can also use the nail file to buff the tops of your nails if they are ragged. It is important to smooth them over so that you can apply your toenail polish in a smooth and gentle way.


Step 3: Smooth Your Feet - Use a pumice stone to remove dead and rough skin from your heels or from the balls of your feet.


Step 4: Push Back Your Cuticles - Use a cuticle stick to push back the cuticles on your toe nails. This will ensure the smoothness of your toenails.


Step 5: Remove Your Old Nail Polish - With a firm cotton ball or two, use acetone or nail polish remover to get rid of any old nail polish that remains on your toenails.


Fun Foam Toe Separators

Winning Nails Dog Toe Separator
Winning Nails Dog Toe Separator

Toe separators are perfect in helping you not smudge those freshly painted toenails. They divide your toes with comfy foam, giving them time to dry properly dry without messing up your polish. With a little animal and the purple color, they are cute and fun!

 

Step 6: Apply Toe Separators - Once you paint your toenails, toe separators will ensure that you do not smudge one toenail's polish onto another one. Therefore, apply these foam separators before painting your nails.


Step 7: Apply a Base Coat - A base coat smooths your toenails to ensure the nail polish goes on without bubbles or bumps. Before painting your toenails with color, allow the base coat to completely dry.


Step 8: Paint Your Toenails - Pick a fun color of nail polish, and paint away. Apply one coat. Allow to dry, and then, apply a second coat. I personally like bright pink or red - colors that really stand out! I also enjoy purple; I have many purple bottles that "dry faster" than normal ones. Sometimes I am impatient or in a hurry, so I like the "jet dry" ones.


Step 9: Moisturize and Apply Sun-Block - After your polish has completely dried, keep your clean and beautiful toes perfect by applying lotion. This will keep your pumiced feet soft. Also, apply sun-block if your feet will be in the sun.


Step 10: Apply a Top Coat - A clear, finishing coat of nail polish can often harden your nails and ensure that the colored polish stays on your toenails longer..


A Comparison of the Costs of Pedicures


While a nail salon can often do a better job and can be more fun, those of you who are on a budget, do pedicures on a regular basis, or cannot leave your home often enough to make going to a beauty salon for a pedicure a practical idea, should consider doing a homemade pedicure.


Not only is it more affordable, but the supplies used for an at-home pedicure can be used time and time again, making it even easier on your budget. Here is a brief comparison of the prices between a beauty salon and an at-home pedicure.


A Cost Comparison of Pedicures

Foot Product Needed
 
Salon Pedicure
 
Toenail Clippers
$5.00
Range Depends on Type
$25.00 to $75.00
Pumice Stone
$3.00
 
 
Cuticle Stick
$3.00
 
 
Nail Polish Remover
$1.50
 
 
Toe Separators
$4.00
 
 
Base Coat Polish
$2.00
 
 
Color Nail Polish
$2.00
 
 
Foot Lotion
$3.00
 
 
Sunscreen
$1.50
 
 
Top Coat Polish
$2.00
 
 
Total Cost
$27.00
 
 
X10 (Can Be Used for 10 More)
Divided by at least 10 uses
Tip
$3.00 to $15.00
Grand Total Cost
$2.70
Grand Total Cost
$28.00 to $90.00
I retrieved these estimated prices for at home pedicure products from www.walgreens.com. Walmart or Amazon may carry the products even cheaper. Salon prices vary, so I researched the prices and used prices from pedicures I have received at salons.

Did You Know?


You have 72,000 nerve ending in your feet, and each one corresponds to a different area of your body. This is why a foot massage can have a full body relaxation effect. - Certified Reflexologist, Jennifer Moulden


Gregory Gorey's Foot Massage Technique Video


Like most people with foot issues, an excellent foot massage is just what the doctor ordered. After a beautiful pedicure, a soothing massage will make you feel like a queen. This YouTube video by Gregory Gorey is a bit lengthy, but it is worth the time and effort to watch it.

He illustrates the techniques of experts. The foot massage is called the PsycheTruth Massage. Further information can be found on his website at BodyWorkMasters.com.

Did you know there are pressure points all over your feet which can relax various parts of your body? This means you can experience a full body's worth of relaxation with just a foot massage.

Foot Massage Techniques

Homemade Foot Recipes can save you money, time, and can become a fun habit! If you have foot problems, you should be able to find a homemade recipe that will greatly help - just keep looking for the right one. Treat yourself with home remedies!
Homemade Foot Recipes can save you money, time, and can become a fun habit! If you have foot problems, you should be able to find a homemade recipe that will greatly help - just keep looking for the right one. Treat yourself with home remedies!

Part Two: Foot Care Recipes

1. Overnight Homemade Oil Treatment

2. Aroma Homemade Foot Scrub

3. Budget Foot Exfoliant

4. Spa Overnight Massage Care

5. Relaxing Spa Foot Soak

6. Refreshing Breezy Foot Spray

7. Smooth and Easy Foot Powder

8. Proud Feet Smooth Moisturizer

9. Gritty Homemade Foot Scrub





  • Cocoa Oil - $4.00
  • Footies or Socks

Overnight Homemade Oil Treatment


Ingredients:

  • Grapeseed Oil - $4.00
  • Spearmint Oil - $6.00


Directions:

1. In a bowl, combine 8 drops of Grape Seed Oil with 4 drops of Spear Mint Oil and 4 drops of Cocoa Oil.

2. Combine mixture.

3. Having clean feet, apply the mixture generously to your feet and cuticles.

4. Slip on your favorite footies or socks, and wear them with the oil on your feet overnight.


Dr. Scholl's Foot Spa

Dr. Scholl's Invigorating Pedicure Foot Spa
Dr. Scholl's Invigorating Pedicure Foot Spa

This relaxing foot spa is made for tired and aching feet. The "smart heat" feature keeps feet warm for a soothing relief. The spa includes an aromatherapy scented powder. The deep basin and splash guard help prevent spills. Also, the foot basin features a toe touch on/off setting.

 

Aroma Homemade Foot Scrub


Ingredients:

  • Body Oil - $3.50
  • Brown Sugar - $3.00
  • Ginger Essential Oil - $3.00
  • Lemon Oil - $6.00


Directions:

1. Warm about half a cup of body oil in the microwave for around 30 seconds.

2. In a bowl, stir together 1 cup of brown sugar, 4 drops of Ginger Essential oil, and 4 drops of Lemon Oil.

3. Having just come out of a warm bath or having just soaked your feet in a foot spa basin in order to soften them up, apply the mixture of sugar and oils to your feet with a loofah or pumice stone, massaging it gently in, removing dead skin from your feet, leaving them super soft.

4. Rinse very well to remove all of the mixture from your feet.

5. Dry your feet slightly, and apply a thick lotion as they are a bit damp. This is the perfect environment for you to put on your favorite socks or booties. Give your feet a few hours to enjoy the after effects of the treatment before you take your socks off.


Budget Foot Exfoliant


Ingredients:

  • Sugar - $1.50
  • Honey - $2.00
  • Mayo - $2.00
  • Lemon Juice - $2.00


Directions:

1. Mix together 2 tablespoons of Sugar with 2 tablespoons of Honey and 2 tablespoons of Mayo. Add two drops of Lemon Juice.

2. Massage the mixture to your feet.

3. Cover your feet with plastic wrap for 15 minutes.

4. Soak your wrapped feet in warm water in a bathtub or foot basin for about 15 minutes.

5. Exfoliate your feet by rubbing them vigorously with a soft washcloth.

6. Rinse completely, and pat dry.


Use pebbles for this recipe!
Use pebbles for this recipe! | Source

Spa Overnight Massage Care


Ingredients:

  • Lavender Oil - $6.00
  • Vegetable Oil - $2.00
  • Rosemary Oil - $5.00
  • Peppermint Oil - $5.00
  • Pebbles - $6.00


Directions:

1. In a medium-sized foot spa basin, empty a small bag of pebbles. Fill with warm water. Add 3 drops of Lavender Oil.

2. Roll your feet across the pebbles for two minutes. Rest and soak your feet for 20 minutes in the basin.

3. Remove your feet, and pat your feet dry.

4. In a medium bowl, combine 1 teaspoon of Vegetable Oil, 5 drops of Rosemary Oil, 4 drops of Lavender Oil, and 3 drops of Peppermint Oil.

5. Massage this mixture firmly on your feet. Put on your favorite socks, and go to sleep!


Why Soak Your Feet?


The healing power of water brings relaxation and draws toxins out of your body through sweat glands in your feet.


Relaxing Spa Foot Soak


Ingredients:

  • Epsom Salt - $5.00
  • Lemon Juice - $1.00
  • Food Coloring - $5.00
  • Peppermint Oil - $5.00
  • Lavender Oil - $6.00
  • Eucalyptus Oil - $3.50


Directions:

1. Combine 1 cup of Epsom Salt, 1/4 of a cup of Lemon Juice, 2 drops of food coloring, 2 drops of Peppermint Oil, 2 drops of Lavender Oil, and 2 drops of Eucalyptus Oil.

2. Soak your feet in the mixture for 30 to 45 minutes for a relaxing soak.





  • Water - Free!
  • Witch Hazel - $5.00
  • Peppermint Oil - $5.00

Refreshing Breezy Foot Spray


Ingredients:

  • Cornstarch - $2.00
  • Baking Soda - $1.00


Directions:

1. Combine about 2 tablespoons of Cornstarch, 1 teaspoon of Baking Soda, 8 oz. of water, 4 oz. of Witch Hazel, and 5 oz. of Peppermint Oil

2. Pour mixture into a spray bottle. Use it as a nice refresher at a long day of walking the mall!

Benefits of Foot Powder


Use daily on dry feet, especially between toes, and sprinkle in your shoes and socks for continual comfort.


Smooth and Easy Foot Powder


Ingredients:

  • Cornstarch - $2.00
  • Baking Soda - $1.00
  • Lavender Oil - $6.00


Directions:

1. Combine in a bowl 1/2 a cup of Cornstarch, 1 tablespoon of Baking Soda, and 2 drops of Lavender Oil.

2. Place ingredient mixture into a baby powder type bottle in order to use as a daily foot powder.


Proud Feet Smooth Moisturizer


Ingredients:

  • Oatmeal - $1.00
  • Rosemary - $4.00
  • Milk - $2.00


Directions:

1. In a container, combine 2 cups of Oatmeal, 2 tablespoons of Dried Rosemary, and 3/4 cup of milk.

2. Apply the mixture generously to your feet.

3. Wrap your feet with a warm, damp towel for five minutes.

4. Using the towel, massage your feet in circles.

5. Rinse completely.

6. Dry your feet, and apply your favorite lotion.


Why This Foot Scrub?


It smooths and protects your feet, soothes foot pain and discomfort, and refreshes arches, toes, and heels.


Gritty Homemade Foot Scrub


Ingredients:

  • Cornmeal - $3.00
  • Eggs - $1.00
  • Lemon Juice - $1.00
  • Vegetable Oil - $2.00


Directions:

1. Combine 1/2 cup of Cornmeal, 2 egg yolks, 1/4 cup of lemon juice, and 1/4 cup of Vegetable Oil. Mix well.

2. Scrub this gritty mixture all over your feet, heels, and toes for a superb exfoliating product. Rinse off well.


Be healthy: check your feet & wear good shoes.
Be healthy: check your feet & wear good shoes.

Warning Signs of Diabetes

  • Foot/Ankle Swelling/Numbness
  • Ingrown Toenails/Foot Sores
  • Bleeding Corns/Calluses

Part Three: Foot Healthcare



1. Gout

2. Bunions

3. Plantar Warts

4. Athlete's Foot

5. Hammer Toes

6. Ingrown Toenails

7. Corns

8. Calluses



Gout


Cause: Joint Disease, Arthritis


Signs and Symptoms: Warmth, pain, foot swelling, redness, foot cramps, chills and a fever, nodules under the skin, or redness and tenderness of the joint


Treatment: Medication


Bunions


Cause: Inheritance, Arthritis, Poor Fitting Shoes


Signs and Symptoms: Foot swelling, aching, redness, unusual tenderness, or a shiny area that is warm to the touch.


Treatment: Prescriptions, Over-the-counter pain medication, a heating pad, a warm foot bath, ice packs, specialized padding, splints, or shoe inserts


Plantar Warts


Cause: Virus


Signs and Symptoms: Pain when walking, sore feet, a callus on the sole, or dots on the center of the wart


Treatment: Over-the-counter medications, prescription medications, or minor surgery


Athlete's Foot


Cause: Fungus or contact with another infected individual


Signs and Symptoms: Burning and itching on the toes and feet, foot pain, peeling and cracking skin, scaly skin, or a bacterial infection.


Treatment: Over-the-counter lotion, a cream or a spray, or a prescription


Hammer Toes


Cause: Muscle/Tendon imbalance


Signs and Symptoms: Foot pain, irritation, corns, calluses, inflammation, redness, burning, or open sores


Treatment: Hammertoe surgery, special padding, changes in shoes, shoe inserts, injection therapy, medications, splinting, or strapping


Ingrown Toe Nails


Cause: Heredity, trauma, improper trimming, injury, improperly sized footwear, or bad nail conditions


Signs and Symptoms: Pain, redness, foot swelling, sore feet, warmth in the toe, infection, drainage, or a foul odor


Treatment: Soaking, home treatments, or surgery


Corns


Cause: Wrong shoes or pressure


Signs and Symptoms: Pain or soreness


Treatment: Medicated pads, specialized padding for your shoes, or surgery


Calluses


Cause: Pressure or repeated rubbing


Signs and Symptoms: Foot pain


Treatment: Medicated padding, reducing the friction, special padding, or surgery


Find the top shoe store near you! Wearing the right shoes is an important part of foot health.
Find the top shoe store near you! Wearing the right shoes is an important part of foot health.

Part Four: Shoe Stores


1. Payless Shoe Stores

2. Footlocker

3. Famous Footwear

4. Converse Shoe Stores

5. Nike Shoes


Shop for Shoes When Your Feet are Largest.

Do you know when your feet are their largest? (Answer: At the End of the Day)

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Online - Another Shoe Shopping Avenue


Using these popular shoe stores or others you know of or find online, shop on the Internet to find excellent deals on the stores' websites, on Craigslist.com, on eBay.com, or on Amazon.com. Once you know your shoe size and the exact shoe you wish to purchase, price it at the store and online to ensure you are receiving the best deal. Keep in mind that you should always try shoes on at shoe stores before purchasing them, because while shoes may say they are your size, they may indeed be fit for someone not your size.




You now know how to keep your toe nails beautiful with a simple, homemade, inexpensive 10-step pedicure procedure. Also, you can keep your feet beautiful by apply home recipes on a regular basis. Use the recipes that work best for your feet. Learn how to look for feet problems, and learn what home remedies can help your feet issues. If you find that you have a medical condition in your feet, use the provided medical links to learn more about it. Finally, test out which shoe store is best for you financially, medically, and geographically. Take care of your feet, and keep them beautiful daily, and you won't regret it!


Pictures: Many of the pictures were retrieved for free from the Morgue File. The rest were free from 321ClipArt.

Recipes: The homemade foot recipes were in part adapted from Family Circle. The amounts obtained for the ingredients in the recipes were found on www.walgreens.com and on www.amazon.com. They are estimates created to give you an idea of the costs of the recipes.

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    Michele Kelsey 2 years ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

    Catherine,

    Wow, you are a true role model! I have not taken care of my feet as well as I should have over the years. The rest of my body is silky smooth, but the bottoms of my heels crack, peel, and are hard as rocks. My husband and I have bought so many products trying to repair the damage, but there is a lot that needs to be healed. When I feel lazy, I usually apply this product by Earth to Skin called Heel Tastic. It is like a cream for intensive heel therapy. It works really well, but it has to set on your foot or feet until completely dried or soaked in and that can take awhile. If you rush it and put your heel on the bed, kick your feet up in a recliner, or slip on some kind of socks or shoes, I think you are just wasting the product, because it gets all over those surfaces rather than your feet. I am trying to do better at using it. We also bought this vibrating product that is charged with batteries. You rub it against the rough parts of your heels and the hard, crusted skin comes off in crumbs (as gross as that sounds). Both products work great! I think the fact that you are taking good care of your feet using some of the methods described in this article and some on your own is very admirable! I totally respect your discipline and you have encouraged me to be more diligent in taking care of my feet. Thank you for reading the article! :)

    Michele Kelsey

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    Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

    I do a foot care treatment at home in between salon visits. I have a spa foot bath thing that is use to sak my feet. It shoot aout jets of water fro a massage. I use a foot soak solution. Next I exfoliate using the pedi-egg and a pumice stone. The I cut toenail. and file the smooth and push back cuticles. I scrub nails and foot with a nail brush. Lastly I apply lotion and give myself a reflexology massage. I don't usually apply polish my self because I make a mess of it. I'm going to try some of your home recipes.

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    Michele Kelsey 2 years ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

    Thank you! I am also due a manicure as I just got my wedding bands the right size and need pretty nails to go with them! Lol. :)

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    Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

    This was a great hub, Misslong. My toenails are so bad that they cause torn knee highs with holes and runs. I'm way overdue for a pedicure and a manicure too. Voted up!

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    Michele Kelsey 4 years ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

    Thank you Ronny!

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    ronny2005 4 years ago from HubPages

    Very good and informative hub and pictures are nice too.