Learn about Foot Care
Tips and advice for foot care.
Everything from shoes to dealing with athlete's foot and more.
Do-It-Yourself Foot Care
Your feet get a lot to deal with in a day. So good foot care is crucial. This doesn’t just help to make your feet feel better. You can also treat and even prevent athlete’s foot or sweaty feet.
For such care, you don’t only have to rely on a professional pedicure.
You can do a lot at home to maintain and care for your feet.
- Good shoes
- Shower scrub
- Drying your feet
- Clipping toenails
- Removing calluses
- Cuts and inflammation
- Home pedicure
- Clean tools
- Nail oil
- Foot cream
Go to a good shoe store or visit a specialist.
These can help you to find the right shoes for your feet.
Now we can really start with caring for your feet. We’ll start in the shower or bath tub. This is the simplest step in taking care of your feet.
Scrub your feet once a week and make sure you have a good nail brush. With a good, weekly scrub you remove dead skin and you stimulate blood circulation. This will make your feet nice and soft.
Brush your toenails during every wash. This helps to limit the amount of skin cells, sock lint, and other stuff to get stuck under your nails. All that junk can quickly cause pressure and pain. So keep your nails clean!
Drying Your Feet
Another simple tip for foot care is to pay extra attention to drying off your feet after showering, bathing, or swimming. Particularly between your toes.
The previous tips already mentioned how moisture can wreak havoc on your feet and shoes. So this is one of the simplest tips to prevent some issues (like athlete’s foot). Ensure that you also dry off your nails with your towel. The skin cells, lint, and other stuff your brushed loose can then easily be removed.
Pay special attention to drying off between your toes. If you don’t dry them well, the skin can become soft from too much moisture. In turn, this can become a breeding ground for fungi and bacteria.
In foot care, there are varying opinions about cutting your nails. Our advise is to follow the ‘white edge’ of your nail. Always maintain a small edge. The nail shouldn’t be too long, but certainly not too short either.
Too long a nail can bump into the shoe or fit too tightly in a sock. This can cause painful trauma nails. The nail can (partially) detach, giving fungi and bacteria free reign. Cutting too much away is also not the right solution, though. Too short a nail can grown inwards, which can cause a lot of pain and can be difficult to treat. So always make sure to keep a small white rim on your toenails.
Invest in a good nail clipper. A high quality nail clipper stays sharp and doesn’t rust.
Every single foot has some level of calluses. You can treat this on your own quite well. A simple foot file or pumice stone can help you with this.
Do be careful about not taking away too much! Too few calluses on your feet can cause exhausted feet or even a burning sensation while walking or standing.
You probably got this by now, but good foot care comes down to balance. Just like what your feet do for you every day.
Cuts and Inflammation
A foot bath is nice and relaxing, but unfortunately people often use foot baths to soak small wounds and inflammation. In the past people often did this with biotex or soda. A foot bath causes the skin (and any wounds) to absorb too much moisture. The proteins that are trying to close the wound don’t get a chance to do so, and a soaked skin can be a breeding ground for fungi and bacteria (including athlete’s foot).
The best way to deal with small wounds is to simply clean it with water, dry everything off well, and to drop some chlorhexidine on it. This is a disinfectant that is also used in medical professions. You can find it at your local pharmacy or drugstore.
Watch out! If you suffer from small wounds and particularly inflammation, first visit your doctor for a check-up.
No issues, but you do want pretty feet? Go for a pedicure at home!
Make sure you invest in good products and tools. For example, get a glass or stainless steel file. These files are easily cleanable, giving bacteria no chance.
You could of course also use disposable files, but we don’t recommend those. They’re environmentally unfriendly, often too coarse, and lower in quality.
After every use, clean the tools you used (such as nail clippers, file, brushes).
This means giving them a proper rinse under the tap and then spraying them with 70% alcohol.
By doing this, you will always have clean tools at your disposal and you’ll limit the chance of any cross-contamination.
For this type of care, we recommend Dadi'oil, Dadi'lotion, and Dadi'scrub.
These are natural, hypoallergenic products. Click for more information.
Perhaps the most important tip is this last one: don’t mess around by giving yourself a pedicure if you’re in pain!
We are specialized in foot care and will do everything we can to help you go through live pain free. The longer you walk around with pain and discomfort, the longer your treatment and recovery will be.
The pain didn’t start in a day, nor will it go away in a day.
You don’t have to be embarrassed about your feet. We’ve seen some stuff. So make an appointment!
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