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TLC meant for your feet

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Among the most neglected parts of our body are our feet. From cracked and peeling heels to dry and even painful blisters and bunions, there are some nifty ways to tackle these pesky problems.

The shoes you wear can greatly impact the condition of your feet, so choose wisely. Shoes need time to air out so avoid wearing the same pair of shoes daily to avoid the risk of infection or foot odor.

Never wear tight shoes as these can ultimately lead to ingrown toenails and bunions. Women who wear high heels should try and stick to heels that are no more than two inches high, and whose base is wide and sturdy to support the foot arches. Avoid wearing flat shoes all the time as these lack supportive arches and can lead to flat feet.

Feet need to be washed on a daily basis with a moisturizing soap and a washcloth to avoid fungal problems such as athlete’s foot. First, soak your feet in water or a foot bath for 10 to 15 minutes to help soften the skin. Then gently remove the thickened skin with a pumice stone.

Cracked heels can be extremely painful and are caused by an excess build-up of dry skin and exacerbated by wearing open shoes. Special foot creams and emollients are available for use morning and evening; wear closed shoes when using them.

For a quick home treatment, lather petroleum jelly onto your feet and wear thick socks to cover them. Pedicures should only be undertaken at reputed salons that have high standards of cleanliness.

Handy Hints
• Soak feet in water and vinegar to prevent odor
• Moisturize feet to avoid chafing and cracked heels
• Medical conditions like diabetes can affect the feet 





Source: Saadiya Ahmad, Special to Classifieds
The writer is a freelancer