With summer in full swing and flip-flop season quickly emerging, life is slowing down for many parents. Summer vacation doesn’t last very long though and having a plan in place for proper self-care is important for when school starts back. When school begins and the chaos of keeping up with your children’s grades, their various sporting activities, and after-school plans begin, it is easy to start neglecting your body’s needs.
One of the best ways to pamper yourself is to take good care of your feet. Not only do you need to keep regular appointments with a podiatrist Pasadena MD, you need to take time to properly care for your feet at home. There are many conditions that can be prevented by taking care of the skin on your feet, and you will also be happier if your feet feel great.
How the Skin on Your Soles Affects Your Comfort
For an average adult, the combined amount of force placed on a person’s feet in a given day can equate to several hundred tons, especially if they are active. Therefore, over time, the soles of your feet become callused and the skin becomes very tough. Many people are afraid that there is nothing they can do about this.
Over time, these callouses dry out and they begin to crack. In severe cases, they develop fissures that are very painful. They pose serious dangers because these cracks and fissures allow for the growth of organisms and dangerous bacteria to grow inside of them where they can enter the body and make you sick.
Handling Tough Callused Skin at Home
If you plan to treat dry, calloused cracked heals on your own, you will need to learn what the best approach is. Two of the best tools for approaching this condition is a pumice stone and a quality moisturizer. There are many different processes you can use, but the most effective method is as follows.
- Take time to soak your feet in a comfortable temperature of warm water with Epsom salt in it. You should soak them between 10 and 15 minutes to soften the skin.
- Dip your pumice stone into the water you soaked your feet in and gently rub it in a circular motion over the calloused area of your feet. Only use light pressure because you a callous must be eliminated over time, not in one sitting.
- Rinse your feet well and pat dry with a towel.
- While your feet are still moist, apply the moisturizer you have chosen to the skin and rub it in well. Avoid putting moisturizer between your toes as this can cause irritation.
Depending on how thick the callouses on your feet are, it will take some time to break them down. Take time to pamper yourself on a regular basis and make an appointment to visit your podiatrist at regularly scheduled visits. Your podiatrist will be able to give you specific treatment advice.