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The summer season often leaves the feet in a battered condition due to humid weather and outdoor excursions. While many people will simply turn to a salon pedicure to rescue the feet, there are nine things one can do to rejuvenate the feet after summer: give them a long soak, treat them to a foot mask, use a buffer to buff the heels, exfoliate with a scrub, ice the toes if they are sore, use a foot peel, give the feet a massage with a rolling massager, paint the toenails, and moisturize the feet with a good lotion.
Regardless of season or weather, everyday foot care should be practiced year round. For more information about everyday foot care, consult with one of our podiatrists from Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC. Our doctors will provide you with the foot- and ankle information you seek.
Everyday Foot Care
Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. After all, without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks. It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before, for example.
For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops.
Also, wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.
If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Connecticut. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
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Step 1: Soak their feet in warm water for about 10 minutes. You may wish to include drops of your favorite essential oil (or make your own!) or bath salts. Peppermint or lavender oil is preferred by many. Make sure feet are completely dry before starting massage.
Step 2: Apply a moderate amount of cream or oil to hands to add comfort and ease. Make sure hands are warm to avoid discomfort. Mineral oil is not absorbed in the skin and it wipes cleanly.
Step 3: Begin by stroking the top of the foot, between cords located on the top of the foot at the instep. Move in the direction from toe to ankle. Then, continue by stroking sole of foot, first more gently, then increased pressure.
Step 4. Make circular motions with your thumbs and fingers over the sole of the foot, and use more pressure in areas such as the heel or ball of the foot. Start from the top and work your way down. Do not neglect the sides.
Step 5: Hold the foot with one hand, use the other hand to rotate the foot, first at the ankle, and then near the ball of the foot. Be gentle. Repeat about 5 times in each direction.
Step 6: Knead the sole by holding the foot with one hand and making a fist with the other, using moderate pressure into the sole. Give enough attention to the arch.
Step 7: Begin with the big toe and working towards the pinky toe, take each toe individually. Roll the toe between the thumb and forefinger as you slide your fingers down the toe to the end, applying gentle pressure. Gently squeeze the end of each toe.
Step 8: Take your index finger and slide it between each toe about 5 times. To complete the massage, use your thumb and fingers to make the circular motions once again over the sole. End by stroking the sole and instep.
Step 9: Wipe off any excess cream or oil with a soft towel. Slip into thick socks to retain moisturizing, or slippers will suffice as well.
If you are experiencing a foot problem, call one of our six locations to make an appointment.
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