Skin Care

Happy Feet

Afroza Zaman Anni

4 November, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Happy Feet

Feet are the most ignored body part when it comes to taking care of it. Your feet go through a lot of stress and dirt due to long walk. Besides, you may suffer from blisters, swollen and sweaty feet if you are not careful. Here is a mini-guide to take care of your feet in the right way. 


Why do you get blisters?

Blisters are basically a pocket of fluid between the upper layers of skin. When there’s enough friction, it can cause inflammation, and painful blisters can develop. Blisters are more likely to develop when shoes are new because the material is more stiff, which can end up causing more friction. So, when purchasing any shoe or sneaker, it should fit in the store. Check the width and length before buying the shoe. There should be about a finger’s width of space in front of your longest toe. However, you should not wear heels higher than two and a half inches. If you need to go higher for an event, wear them only at the event, and make sure you bring a pair of comfortable shoes.


How do you prevent blisters?

Before you get a blister, apply bandages on the sensitive areas of the feet that will end up rubbing against your shoes to prevent direct contact with the skin. Make sure the feet are well hydrated and dry before wearing the shoes. You may also use moisturizers which have colloidal oatmeal, petrolatum, or ceramides as they help to form protective barriers over the skin. If you’re athletic, wear a good-quality pair of white athletic socks, preferably cotton.


How do you heal blisters?

Blisters generally happen when you spend too much time walking and standing in an uncomfortable shoe.  Many feel that they should pop a blister. But it's not wise to pop them because it may cause infections. Instead, if a blister is large and uncomfortable, clean the blister with rubbing alcohol at first and sterilize a sewing needle afterward. Then apply gentle downward pressure. Complete the process by applying antibiotic ointment and a band-aid to the area to prevent an infection.


Taking care of sweaty feet

People with hyperhidrosis often sweat excessively. If you have sweaty feet, you can spray a fragrance-free topical antiperspirant on them.  But if you really have a severe case of hyperhidrosis, you should see a podiatrist.


How do you care for swollen feet?

If you feel swelling after a long day walk, lay on the bed with your legs elevated above two pillows to allow the swelling to improve on its own. You may keep the legs elevated for as long as you want to improve the swelling by way of gravity. However, you can also try a foot bath.


Weekly remedies

Moisturize your feet regularly and exfoliate the feet once a week. You can add half a cup of Epsom salt or kosher salt to one or two gallons of warm water and soak your feet for about 10 to 15 minutes. Then, either use a loofah, or a brush to gently rub both the feet, concentrate on the areas of excess callus. Furthermore, massage your feet gently from toes to the way of ankles. Afterward rinse off your feet in cool or warm water and dry them completely. Finish the procedure by applying a small amount of baby oil into the skin.