Spring is quickly upon us, which means that it’s time to once again put away those socks and show off your feet to the bright and shiny world. But now you don’t have to worry if the past few months of neglect have left your feet dry and cracked. This 5-Day Foot Plan from Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA will have your feet soft and ready for sandals before the spring flowers bloom.
Day #1: Soak your feet. A great way to begin your springtime foot care is with a softening footbath. If you immerse your feet in a bath of warm water for just 15 minutes, it will begin to attack tough calluses, corns, and heel fissures, and improve circulation to bring a healthy glow to your toes and soles. Adding fresh herbs, citrus, essential oils, and Epsom salt boosts the relaxing, calming benefits of a footbath.
Day #2: Apply moisturizing cream night and day. When you apply a high-grade moisturizing cream to your feet both night and day it will heal cracked skin that can leave your feet vulnerable to infections and leaves your toes supple and healthy. Begin your day by applying an absorbing foot lotion after bathing and finish your day by using a more concentrated foot cream before bed.
Day #3: Tackle stubborn calluses and corns. Most calluses and corns should be significantly softened and reduced by now. But if stubborn calluses and corns persist, you may want to consider a more intensive treatment to help smooth the dead skin. There are several home remedies you can try, as well as OTC products produced to specifically attack resistant patches of dry, rough skin. You can also use a pumice stone, electric callus remover, or foot file to help remove dead skin.
Day #4: Treat yourself to a pedicure. By this time, you’ve given your feet the TLC they need to prepare them for a pedicure. Your calluses are gone, any ingrown toenails you may have had have loosened from the surrounding skin and your skin is soft. It’s the perfect time to enjoy a pedicure, either at home or at a nail salon.
Day #5: Choose protective footwear. Now that your feet are ready for spring it’s time to assemble supplies to keep them soft, pain-free, and healthy, including:
- Comfortable summer shoes that provide support
- A small tube of foot cream
- Blister bandages or plasters
- Nail polish to touch up your pedicure
- Baby wipes for impromptu freshening and cleaning.
There you have it - perfectly healthy and happy feet that are ready for spring! To keep them that way, be sure to schedule your next visit with Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA today at (425) 455-0936