The Foot And Ankle Center Blog

Posts for: April, 2019

As the days begin to lengthen and the temperature starts getting warmer, you may be starting to retire your winter boots in favor of your favorite open-toed shoes and sandals. With this change in your wardrobe, your toes are probably looking forward to seeing a bit of daylight. Now’s the perfect time to pay some extra attention to your feet and getting them in tip-top shape for spring and summer with an at-home pedicure!

Not sure where to begin? Read our 5 tips below to help give your feet the pampering they deserve from the comfort of your own home:

Give ‘em a Good Soak

After a long day at work, in the yard, or out adventuring, a nice warm soak sounds like heaven to your feet. It’s also smart to do before giving yourself a pedicure. Pour in some Epsom salts and your favorite aromatherapy crystals into a shallow basin, fill it with warm water, and feel the stress melt away as you soak your feet for about 10 minutes.

Exfoliate for Smooth Soles

Your feet have probably accumulated some rough patches over the harsh winter. Get silky-smooth soles by dipping a pumice stone in warm water and gently scrubbing away the dead skin cells. You can also use an exfoliating foot scrub with granules to help remove dead skin. Once you’re done, rub a refreshing foot cream over your feet. Never use a pumice stone on any injured or sore areas – you’ll want to see us for those issues!

File Your Nails Carefully

Although you may think of it as a mundane task that can be done quickly, clipping and shaping your nails properly can help you avoid ingrown toenails and infections. Cut straight across rather than rounding the corners, and try not to trim your nails too short. Just follow the shape of your toe and your feet will be looking pretty in no time. Don’t forget to use clean, sterile tools before you clip!

Don’t Go Overboard with Nail Polish

If you enjoy having painted nails, you probably want the color to be rich, bold, and beautiful. Here’s a trick that seems a little counterintuitive at first: a little bit of polish will go a long, long way! Putting on too much product will make the color more susceptible to chipping and smudging, which never looks good. Instead, use the following method – use three strokes for each nail, one down the middle and two on either side. Let that coat dry and apply one more layer in the same way. Your polish will look prettier for much longer this way!

Moisturize Your Toenails

We know it sounds a little weird, but keeping your toenails moisturized can actually be quite healthy for your nails’ health. As long as you don’t have toenail fungus, moisturizing daily can help keep your nails healthy and strong. Reach for lotion or vitamin E oil to get the job done. Just remember to keep the skin in between your toes dry to help you prevent certain infections like athlete’s foot.

At-home pedicures can help you have healthy, good-looking feet without breaking the bank. They can also help you become more aware of your feet and any issues that may pop up in time. Should you ever experience any pain, discomfort, or any other concerns, don’t hesitate to call your friends at Foot & Ankle Center at (314) 487-9300.

Most mornings are the same for everyone. People tend to wake up, get dressed, and put on their socks and shoes. When it’s warmer outside, some decide to ditch the socks even though they were designed for protection. Protection from problems like athlete’s foot – a chronic infection caused by various types of fungus. Curious how your feet can be at risk? Read more for 6 tips to prevent athlete’s foot.

Avoid Going Barefoot in Public

When at a public pool or after showering in the gym locker room, it’s easier to walk around barefoot. This is especially true if you forgot your sandals and don’t want to deal with wet socks. Although, the more time you spend barefoot, the more time fungus has to collect on your feet. According to Harvard Medical School, “Athlete's foot breeds in locker rooms, swimming pool changing areas, or any place that combines dampness and a lot of foot traffic.” Instead, wear sandals in these areas to avoid infection.

Let Your Feet Breathe at Home

While you’ll certainly want to avoid going barefoot in public, take some time at home to let your feet breathe. After a long day of being inside socks and shoes, feet will perspire and create moisture. If your socks and shoes are wet, let them dry before putting them back on. Put your feet up, relax, and let them air out for your benefit and comfort.

Wash and Dry Your Feet Daily

Whether you’re using a community shower or a personal one, it’s incredibly important to wash and dry your feet daily. Use the same amount of care that you do with the rest of your body and use with soap. Rinse and repeat if necessary. Then use a towel to dry off while in the shower and when you step out. Keep that towel for yourself – because foot fungus can spread easily. Your roommate or partner could get it from you by using the same towel. 

Change Socks and Shoes Consistently

It’s always important to make sure your feet are dry before putting them into your socks. Fungus grows when an environment provides it with moisture, warmth, and darkness. With you providing the wet feet, socks and shoes can be the perfect home for fungus. Now if you deal with sweaty feet, don’t worry too much just yet. Consistently change your socks and shoes to prevent the fungus from growing.

Practice Basic Foot Hygiene

It almost goes without saying, but make sure to practice basic foot hygiene and maintain your nails and skin. Longer toenails can leave more room for fungus to grow. Filing the skin on your feet is also important as removing dead skin cells and also prevents anything from growing.

Break Out the Spray

Antiperspirants are typically used on feet in spray form to prevent sweating. Using them between washing your feet and putting on footwear is the most effective method. Spray-on deodorant can also be an effective way to keep your feet dry and fresh. With these in mind, you will effectively decrease your chances of heavy perspiration and odor that may lead to athlete’s foot. There are many other life-changing products to help, too.

WebMD says that athlete’s foot is highly common among funguses and up to 25% of people will experience the infection in their lives. If you’re dealing with it, make an appointment with the friendly doctors at Foot & Ankle Center by calling (314) 487-9300.