Easy Feet with the Right Care and the Right Shoe
Begin with Proper Care
Cleaning your feet by washing regularly and drying as much as possible is a very good habit. Each time you get out of bath, use a towel to ensure that areas in between the toes are toweled dry, then you can leave your feet free to dry the rest of the way.
Never put on a footwear with a damp feet, or wear wet socks on dry shoes. You don't like feet that stinks at the end of the day!
The Lotion and Socks Regimen
Don't apply lotion on dirty and dry feet. Always begin with a clean and damp skin so the moisturizers can seep deep into the skin.
Every night, apply lotion lavishly on clean feet and rub it in well. If you're not used to bathing at night, clean them with a warm damp cloth at least. Foot rubbing is important to healthy feet as the rubbing sensation will help your circulation and will provide relaxation to tired feet and legs muscles.
Applying a thick layer of lotion then sliding on clean socks before going to bed every night will give your feet enough moisturizers to absorb all throughout. You will love how they feel so much better by staying moist the next entire day. Do this for about a week straight and gradually you'll get extra soft, more moisturized and well-nourished feet.
Personally, I'm not a lotion person, I don't like the greasy feeling. But since I realized the importance of lotion in preventing my skin from drying and cracked heels, I eventually learned the lotion and socks habit.
It was amazing a few days was all I needed to get better glowing feet! I've been doing this twice a week (sometimes once lazy as I am) and the routine made maintenance easier. Some advice about using cocoa butter but I prefer using my Dove cream.
Try some of my foot spa recipes from scratch.
Choosing the Right Type of Shoe
Usually, top foot troubles come from wearing the wrong shoes. It's obvious that most of us need to know more about what we should and should not put on our feet. The shoes you wear can make a difference in how your feet feel and how they look. Fortunately, feet problems are not too difficult to deal with and it only takes care to start it with.
Comfort is in the middle
Make sure your new shoes are comfortable from the beginning. A shoe that either slops or pinches does not fit and never will. If you feel cramp or pressure across the toes, the shoes are too narrow. Over-short shoes can do more damage than any other badly-fitting shoes. This means that you must take a larger size.
A good way to check on good fitting shoes is to walk up and down in them, rise on your toes, and stretch your feet about inside them to make sure they are comfortable in all positions. If you suspect that the shoes do not have a good fit, do not buy. In the same manner, do not wear stockings that are too small, they do as much harm as tight shoes. No matter what you need your shoes for there is always the right pair for your needs.
A good heel feels good
The heel part should not pinch, slip and cut across the top, this means the shoes are over-deep. Heel-slip allows the foot to slide forward causing pressure on the toes, and direct pressure from tight shoes brings hard corns, uneven pressure, and dropped arches. All these contribute in the production of the horny skin called callus.
Never buy shoes which cut into the foot across the front as this will make feet and ankle swell. This is necessary because the feet ride forward inside the shoes in walking and standing, so it is only advisable to go with heels and shoes that narrow a lot towards the front.
Also, think twice on elegant but roughly-finished seams which may press on toes and joints causing inflammation and corns. Besides, hard straps leave marks on your feet in the long run. For shoes with elastic insets, see to it that they are not too tight as to interfere with circulation and cause swelling.
Probably you have one pair which is particularly comfortable, not just because the shoes are old and stretched but because they give your feet enough support.
Alternate your high heels throughout the day or from one day to the next. According to American Osteopathic Association, repetitive wear can develop unhealthy patterns that can persist even when you’re not wearing high heels.
Changing shoes from time to time, such as walking shoes for commuting to and from work, shoes with an inch and a half or less during shopping, a wide heel base for activities that require long standing, and stilettos once or twice a week -- allows the feet to go flexible and prevents pain when you have to switch to flats.
Warm Foot Bath and a Deeper Sleep
A warm foot bath can be very soothing on your soles. When the feet and fore-legs can relax, it improves blood circulation, and increasing blood supply in the area of the heart and the brains that helps put you to a deeper sleep.
Hot foot baths can even help with colds and headaches. Pour enough hot water into the bath or a bowl to cover your feet and ankles and add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. You'll love this good bath guide.