Winter is upon most of the nation just in time for the holidays! Being in Texas, we tend to adjust for a day in the 20’s and back to 70 degrees the very next day. Winter weather can play havoc on your feet if you don’t take care of them properly. Just like fixing your hair or make-up, you need to care for your feet along with the rest of yourself. Let’s think about our feet for a minute – take off those shoes and socks and follow along:
Look at your heels
- Do you see soft pink skin or dry cracks the size of the Mississippi? If soft skin is not observed, use a daily moisturizing lotion recommended by your Podiatrist. In the evening, wear socks to bed after moisturizing. Can’t stand socks on your feet? Gel heel socks are a great alternative. The sock basically covers the heel area and allows the lotion you applied to sink into the skin and not your bedding.
Check out your toes
- Are they well groomed or do your nails have ridges resembling the Ozark Mountains? When the weather turns cool then cold, most people forget about the importance of a good pedicure. Make it a point to write on your calendar a reminder for your monthly pedicure during the winter months. Go polish free or for the ladies, whip on a fabulous red for the holidays. Get your pedicure at a location where your safety is priority number one.
Look at the bottom of your feet
- Do you see clear skin or calloused skin? Again, a regular pedicure will keep your feet in check. Under no circumstances should you ever cut calluses off or allow a pedicurist to use a blade on your feet. When blades, which are illegal in spas, are used it is an open invitation for infection. Pumice stones are a perfect way to reduce calluses. If, however, you have open sores or are a Diabetic, never attempt this on your own. See your Podiatrist for assistance.
Pumice Stone 101
- First, soak your feet in warm, not hot water with a few drops of soap. Stay away from harsh soaps such as dish soap. The goal is to relax the skin without adding to the dryness. Relax and soak your feet for 10 minutes.
- Take the pumice stone and dip it in the water. Allow the water to absorb into the pumice stone.
- Slowly begin to rub the calloused area being careful to not cause the skin to open. Once the calloused is reduced, wash your feet with a gentle cleanser, dry the feet, apply lotion then cover with socks.
- Repeat this process a few times a week and you will see results!
- If by chance you were overzealous and bleeding occurred, stop the process immediately. Cleanse thoroughly with antibacterial soap and water, a dab of triple antibiotic ointment and a band aid. If you notice any redness, swelling or more than just a little discharge over the next few days, seek medical attention immediately! Once your foot completely healed, book an appointment with a medically supervised spa and leave the sloughing to the experts!