As we ring in the new year, many of us make resolutions to improve our health and well-being. While we often focus on grand gestures like restrictive diets or optimistic exercise plans, it's important not to neglect the small, everyday adjustments that can make a big difference in our daily lives.
The team at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists knows that your feet deserve a little TLC. That’s why we put together a short list of tips to help you show your lower extremities some love. Let’s step into 2024 together. Here are four foot care techniques to incorporate into your new year's routine:
Give Your Feet a Soak
- Soaking your feet in warm water is a great way to relieve tension.
- Add a few drops of essential oil, like lavender or peppermint, for an extra soothing effect.
- You can also try soaking your feet in Epsom salts, which is just one method to help reduce inflammation and pain.
Exfoliate Dead Skin
- Dead skin can build up on your feet, making them feel rough and dry. That can lead to the growth of corns, calluses, or blisters.
- Use a gentle foot scrub to remove dead skin cells and leave your feet feeling soft and smooth.
- Be sure to focus on areas like the heels and balls of your feet, where skin tends to be thicker.
- Just like the rest of your skin, your feet need to be moisturized to stay healthy.
- Apply a rich foot cream after soaking or showering to lock in moisture and prevent dryness.
- Look for a cream that contains ingredients like shea butter, cocoa butter, or jojoba oil.
Stretch and Strengthen
- Just like any other muscle group, your feet need to be stretched and strengthened to stay healthy and prevent pain.
- There are many simple stretches you can do at home, such as pointing and flexing your toes, rolling your ankles, and pulling your toes up toward you.
- You can also strengthen your feet by doing exercises like toe raises and heel lifts.
Start the new year right by scheduling your next podiatrist appointment today! Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA, would be pleased to assist you. Feel free to schedule an appointment online or call us at 425-455-0936.