Care For Feet

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.

Shoes

  • Good shoes
  • Variation
  • Socks

Basics

  • Shower scrub
  • Drying your feet
  • Clipping toenails
  • Removing calluses

Self-Care

  • Cuts and inflammation
  • Home pedicure
  • Clean tools

Products

  • Nail oil
  • Foot cream
  • Scrub

Painful Feet

Shoes

Good Shoes

The most obvious tip we can give you is buying good shoes!

This doesn't necessarily mean expensive shoes or famous brands. We often hear "but these shoes were a whopping €200". But stilettos of €700 are also not good for you. So price or brand popularity doesn't say much about whether shoes actually fit your feet.

Just like a good mattress is essential for good quality sleep, good shoes are essential for healthy feet.

Variation

As soon as you have some good shoes, it's time to add some variation. Ideally, you'd be wearing a different pair of shoes every day.

Feet give off a lot moisture (especially sweaty feet). This moisture, at some point, has to disappear from the shoes. Giving it a day or two of rest allows time for that moisture to evaporate.

Damp shoes give bacteria and fungi plenty of opportunity to multiply. That can cause athlete's foot or cause small wounds to get inflamed. Once fungi and bacteria get a foothold (pun intended) in your shoes, it is difficult to get rid of them.

Socks

Alright, so we've got good shoes. Then now is the time to talk about socks. Good socks are made of 100% cotton. Preferably without any seams. Seams can leave annoying small wounds.

Synthetic fabrics like polyester and nylon cause sweaty feet. Excessive sweating can cause wounds, blisters, and even fungi and bacteria. We recommend washing socks at a temperature of at least 60ᵒC. This will kill the fungi that can affect your feet. Also make sure to change your socks every day, just like your shoes.

Go to a good shoe store or visit a specialist.

These can help you to find the right shoes for your feet.

Basic Tips

Shower Scrub

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.

Clipping Toenails

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.

Removing Calluses

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.

Self-Care

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.

Home Pedicure

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.

Clean Tools

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.

Products

Nail Oil

A high quality nail oil is very important. This keep the natural nail flexible and strong and it even nourishes the skin.

If you use nail polish, we recommend using the nail oil at the very end.

Foot Cream

Do your feet look dry? Then don't get tempted into taking a foot bath regularly. Instead, invest in a good foot cream. Preferably, apply the cream in the evening and wear some socks. Be careful when walking around, so you don't slip and fall.

Scrub

Do you have loose skin tags or do your feet feel rough? Then apply a good scrub once a week. This helps to remove loose skins and dead skin cells. It also stimulates blood circulation.

For this type of care, we recommend Dadi'oil, Dadi'lotion, and Dadi'scrub.

These are natural, hypoallergenic products. Click for more information.

Painful Feet

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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