Compare your foot with an intricate piece of engineering - a major traffic bridge, for instance. There are 26 bones, over 100 ligaments, 35 joints and 19 muscles holding together a tiny structure that ferries around a weight many times its own.
Don't you think it deserves special care? Statistics say feet do need more care than they get. More than 80 percent of people have foot problems. In women the figure is much higher and this is caused mainly by ill-fitting shoes, ill-fitting stockings and the changing fashions.
Women who stand all day, for example, nurses, hairdressers and teachers, may be prone to more problems but there is no need for alarm. Beauty shops are brimming with foot care products, making it easy to cope with the problems. The best news is that with the products available you can prevent unwanted lumps and bumps on your feet and you don't have to wait until your feet hurt to treat them.
There are four things feet enjoy every day. The first is a scrub in the shower with a pumice stone. Use it to take dry skin off your heels and the soles of your feet.
The second thing feet like is being dried gently out of the shower, and dusted with powder to ensure there are no areas where moisture can collect as this can be the start of foot irritations.
Thirdly, feet like exercises, but special ones:
And lastly, at the end of the day, they like to relax. Not in bed but just relieved of all pressure. You can only do this by lying down with your feet raised above the level of your head. Lie on the floor with your feet resting on a chair or a stack of cushions for the necessary elevation.
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For a weekly treat - a pedicure. It's best done after a bath, when feet are thoroughly clean (remove any nail varnish before bathing), and skin is moist and pliable. Use an orange stick padded with a piece of cotton wool to push back the cuticles gently. With nail scissors or toe clippers, cut straight across the nail so it ends evenly. Use an emery board to smooth rough edges and round off sharp corners.
Now, a rich cream to moisturize the skin. Choose from a general skin softener or a special one just for feet. Massage the cream in a circular movement on the top of each toe, move on to the ball of the foot and finish up on the top of the foot, using a stroking movement. Take the cream from the base of the toes to a point just above the ankle.
Painted toenails are a pretty sight in summer's sandals and open-toed shoes. And remember, two coats of colour last longer than one.
If at the end of a long day your feet begin to ache, it need not be for long. A massage will provide deeply penetrating relief, relaxing the muscles.
Feet get extra support from a sandal, designed to distribute the weight evenly on the foot, supporting the arch and releasing weight onto the ball and heel.
Perspiration is as much a problem in summer as in winter when feet are smothered in winter socks and boots. You can control perspiration with a dusting of powder into your pantyhose.
Also powder your toes with foot powder to prevent foot odour.
Ingrowing toenails are caused by pressure from a shoe or faulty nail cutting. The nail presses against the skin and causes inflammation. You can relieve the pressure with a protective pad and soothe the inflammation with a healing cream or balm. Check for the cause of the irritation and learn to cut your nails correctly.
On a lighter note, try a finishing dab of scent on each side of your ankle then if anyone should kiss your feet, it will go straight to their head.
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