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Give your feet a pedicure at home!

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Your feet require the utmost care as they work hard carrying you to places. With the excessive movement, the skin of your feet tends to get hard quicker than other parts of your body. This could further give room to bacteria to cause an infection or any other foot-related disease. In which case you must take extra care of your feet

To do that you can follow various foot care routines, exfoliate your feet home using different scrubbers and creams. Giving yourself a pedicure once in a while has also been proven to help improve your skin and keep it fresh. It might not be possible for one to afford a salon-style pedicure every week but you can easily perform one at right at your home. Before we get to how you can do it at home, let’s revisit the benefits of a pedicure.

Benefits of a Pedicure

During a pedicure, when you massage your feet in the warm water, it stimulates blood and lymph flow, which helps get rid of the toxins that might be harmful. It helps you to relax and de-stress which is vital for your health. Pedicure helps exfoliates, softens, and removes the dry skin on your feet. Buffing nails, not only makes them look nice but also increases blood flow to that region. It helps in nail growth and improves their health.

Health benefits aside, giving yourself a pedicure enhances the appearance of your feet and the vibrant colours of the nail colour makes your feet look ravishing.

Now that you know the benefits you must be yearning to give yourself a pedicure right away. Not going to hold you off any longer. Here is the step you can take to give your feet a treat at home.

First, gather these items most of which are available at home or can be bought at a drugstore:

  • Nail polish remover
  • Nail clipper
  • Nail file
  • Nail buffer
  • Cuticle pusher
  • Nail nipper
  • Q-tips and cotton balls
  • Cuticle oil and eraser
  • Exfoliating scrub
  • Foot file or pumice stone
  • Foot lotion
  • Toe separator
  • Base & top coat
  • Nail polish

Step 1:

Clean out the dirt on your nails by dabbing a cotton pad with a nail polish remover. Make sure that it is non-acetone because acetone tends to make your nails weak and dry.

Step 2:

Soak your feet in a tub of warm water for 15 minutes. It will help soften the skin for the next steps. To improvise your experience, add in a cupful of white vinegar, few drops of tea tree oil, few tablespoons of Epsom salts, and a couple of slices of lemon.

Vinegar helps to cleanse and tone the feet while tea tree oil gets rid of the bacteria. Lemons soften your calluses and cuticles whereas achy feet are relaxed by Epsom salts.

Step 3:

Once soaking is done, pat dry your feet and get ready to shape your nails. Now get your toenail clippers, nail file, nail nipper, and buffer. Cut your nails to your desired length but make sure it’s not too short because that leaves your skin overexposed and that is bad for your feet.

Fix the corners of the nails and shape them with the nail file and then clip off hangnails with the nail nippers. Lastly, buff the nails and even out the surface so that will make it easier to apply nail polish on them.

Step 4:

Apply cuticle oil around the skin that would prevent damages to the nail and cuticle. Use a metal cuticle pusher to softly push back the cuticles.

Step 5:

Now that your nails are set, soak your feet in warm water again. With a pumice rock, gently rub the sole and remove the dead skin and calluses.

You can also invest in this product, Squeaky Clean. It has a soap well, in which you can dip your feet in warm water mixed with soap. Its exfoliation panels can be used in place of a pumice rock and you can rub off the dry skin.

Wash your feet with warm water again. Then apply the scrub and massage your feet, heel and sole.

If you don’t have a scrub, you can make one right at home. Mix equal parts sugar and coconut oil and voila, your scrub is ready.

Step 6:

After scrubbing, apply a light moisturizer or cream or if you are in the mood for something fancy, a mask. Make sure any of these are not too oily because if it is, it will make it hard to apply nail paint.

Step 7:

Use a cotton ball or Q-tip to remove the excess oils so you can apply nail paint smoothly. Apply bottom coat while using toe separator or if you don’t have that twist paper towel and put them between your toes.

Once the base cover is dry, apply nail paint, and after it dries apply the finishing coat.

Step 8:

Dip Q-tip in nail paint remover and clean off any smudges made by the nail paint.

 

And you are done! Enjoy your healthy and newly revitalized feet!

Clean feet are Happy feet

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Well now that summer is upon us, it has brought back all the joys of it too; eating ice creams, going swimming or jogging, wearing sundresses with sandals and flip-flops. You get to do everything that summer is famous for but it doesn’t come alone. With the heat, it also brings excessive sweating and nobody wants that.

Smelly feet can cause a nuisance to those around you and make it difficult for them to breathe. In that case, it becomes essential to take certain actions that can reduce the smell or heal it for good. It can be treated at home with various remedies that have been known to be effective.

What are the causes of smelly feet?

Smelly feet or in medical terms known as, bromodosis, is a very common condition that happens due to an increase in sweat. Bromodosis is the condition of feet sweating.  The sweat produces bacteria that further generates waste that can cause your feet to smell.

If you had been wearing closed shoes for a long time than usual then you are bound to have sweaty feet or if you had been in a hot environment for an extended period it can also be one of the reasons.

How can you treat it?

There are multiple home remedies that you can try that are pocket-friendly and effective as well. They have been tried and tested for years now. Here are a few methods that you can give a shot:

  • Wear the right shoes

You must wear shoes that are open and breathable so your feet can get the air they need. This would eliminate the chances of bacteria to stick to the feet.

  • “Socks because your family’s feet deserve the best”

Monica from Friends was right. You need socks, not just for you but for your family. Not just wear any sock but wear the right one like cotton, wool, or special knits so it can absorb the sweat. Change them regularly and also if they get damn during the day.

  • Keep them clean

When you come home after spending a long day in the heat, make sure to clean your feet with soap and water vigorously. This would get rid of the remaining bacteria and reduce the smell of the feet.

You can also use different products to clean your feet. One such product is Squeaky Clean, which has soap well that helps you clean between the toes and reduce the chances of bacteria sticking to your feet. It contains antimicrobial that helps to keep the mildew at bay. Also, its exfoliating panels are like pumice rock that can be used to remove the dry when you gently rub it against the feet sole.

  • Disinfect those germs

It is ideal if you keep a disinfectant with you at all times. That way when you are out in scorching heat at Coachella and can’t find a way to wash your feet, you’ll still be able to be clear from bacteria.

  • Avoid “The Plastics”

Not talking about Regina George here but it is also safe to avoid her too but it is advised to not wear plastic shoes as they tend to be unbreathable and assist in producing toxins that give birth to bacteria.

  • Change your insole

If the insoles of the shoes have grown old, change them to antibacterial or odor-reducing ones. You can also put in tea bags in the shoes overnight that works as an absorbent and reduce the odor.

  • Switch. Switch

If wearing the same shoes for the entire day is making your feet sweat, again and again, keep an extra pair with you and switch them when required. This would keep your feet dry and well and clean from bacteria.

  • You need deodorant

Keeping a deodorant on you that you can apply whenever the smell gets too much. It is safe to apply deodorant at feet. A simple underarm deodorant would work just fine too.

 

There is no immediate need to go to a doctor in this condition. Only if after trying all the methods, smell or sweat continues to produce, you should head to the doctor or podiatrist. It might be a sign of another serious condition and should not be neglected.

Corn and the treatment

What is Corn and how to treat it?

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So when it comes to self-care, the foot is (literally) the last thing we care about. Unless there is a foot disease or abnormality, we really don’t pay attention to them. Even though we use our feet the most we tend to ignore them and it might be because we don’t come across sources that provide us the necessary information that teaches us how to care for our feet.

Fret not today, we’ll learn how to recognize a foot disease, Corn. The cause of it, the treatment, and preventive measures you can take in the future to put an end to this.

What is Corn?

Corn appears on those areas of your feet that suffer excessive pressure. Upon which they form thickening layers of skins, which is called hyperkeratosis in medical language. Corn is mostly in a conical or circular form that has a dry, waxy appearance. They are also known as helomas or clavi.

The number of regions where corns are likely to appear is as follows:

  • Plantar surface/sole
  • Corner of the last toe
  • In between toes

The corns between the toes are occasionally known as “soft corn” (heloma molle) because of their messy and whitish form. Whereas the others are known as “hard corn” (heloma durum) because of their flaky and dry look. They can also be painful while walking.

What causes Corn?

Thickening of the skin, also hyperkeratosis, occurs in response to protect the feet in the areas of friction. Corn is the result of putting excessive pressure by standing too long or any other activity. It can also form because of foot deformities such as hammertoe, which causes constant resistance between the shoe and the feet and results in corn.

Besides this, wearing shoes that are tight or smaller than one’s feet might also be the reason. It exerts friction at particular points when worn for a long period.

Symptoms:

  • Hard, thick layers of skin
  • Circular and conical like a bump
  • Dry or flaky
  • Painful when applied pressure

What is the treatment?

Corns may be painful but they are not infectious. You don’t need to visit a doctor right away if you found one on your foot. There are many home remedies that you can try and remove it at home.

Remedy No. 1

  • Soak your feet in warm water for some time.
  • After you dry them, moisturize it with lotion.
  • Repeat this process until it softens and not painful.
  • Then with a pumice stone, gently rub the part where the corn is.
  • Continue these steps till it vanishes.

This process won’t be effective in a day and it may take a few weeks if carried out religiously. Keeping your feet clean at all times is also beneficial to prevent this disease. Invest in products like Squeaky Clean, which keeps your feet open and breathable as you clean them. Its exfoliation panels can be used in place of a pumice rock to gently rub at the corn.

Remedy No. 2

  • Soak your feet in warm water for some time.
  • After you dry them, apply castor oil on it.
  • Once you are done, put on a corn pad on it.
  • Wear a sock afterward so it holds the corn pad in its position.

Corn pads are easily available at the pharmacy. Also, this remedy could take weeks before it cures the foot.

Even though these remedies are effective sometimes, they are not enough. In that case, you can buy corn pads and salicylic acid solutions and apply it in the affected areas. Avoid putting too much pressure on your foot during treatments. If you follow the treatment correctly and consistently, you can see it gone in two weeks.

Although if the pain gets too much for you to bear and the remedies do not reduce the corn or the pain, visit your local doctor or podiatrist.

How can you prevent it?

To avoid corn to return or form for the first time, wear comfortable shoes. Test if you can move your toes around in the shoes and if they are breathable. If you are about to try out new shoes, if possible, wear them with socks. So it can get rid of the new chemicals and keep your feet protected.

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How To Prevent And Get Rid Of Athlete’s Foot On Your Feet

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Our feet are a very essential and vital part of the human body. These limbs are our primary source of contact with the ground and hence they are subjected to high amounts of stress. Like a machine which needs to be cleaned and oiled regularly, our feet not just demand, but deserve to be taken care of to ensure that they remain healthy and problem-free. However, due to the immense abuse, we subject our feet to, it is very likely that if proper care is not taken then there is a risk of developing one or multiple foot problems. One such problem which is very common is the Athlete’s Foot, with some types more prevalent than others.

What is the Athlete’s Foot?

Athlete’s Foot, medically known as tinea pedis, is a condition caused when a family of fungi called dermatophytes starts growing on the skin of your feet. It is a common fungal infection and can be caught by people regardless of their gender and age. It mostly affects the upper layer of the skin of the foot in between one’s toes, where conditions for growth are ideal. It can also spread to other parts of the body if one repeatedly and constantly touches the area where the fungi grow and proceed to touch other parts of their body without thoroughly washing their hands first.

Prevention of Athlete’s Foot

Like with more surface-level infections, the best preventive measures for the Athlete’s Foot involve having a good foot hygiene regimen. This includes regularly washing one’s feet, exfoliating, changing into fresh socks every day, having footwear with perforated or breathable fabrics, and avoiding walking barefooted in public gyms, pools, and locker rooms.

Causes of Athlete’s Foot

It requires a warm and moist environment – wearing unventilated footwear for long periods creates the perfect storm – and can be caught by walking barefooted on the floor or by coming in contact with soiled clothing. Since it is contagious, walking barefoot on a surface while being afflicted with the Athlete’s Foot can be detrimental to the health and well-being of those around you. Common places where this fundi can be found are on the floors of gyms, swimming pools, locker rooms while sharing socks, towels, and bedsheets with someone who has Athlete’s Foot can also lead to one catching it. While some people may be less prone to catching the fungi and thus having a reduced tendency to suffer from Athlete’s Foot, lack of proper care of one’s feet will lead to problems that will manifest over longer periods. People who have impaired immune systems or diabetes are more susceptible to get infected, especially if they have an open cut on their feet or if they are extremely sore.

Types of Athlete’s Foot and Their Symptoms

There are 4 major types of Athlete’s Foot which one can get infected with.

  1. Toe Web or Interdigital Infection.

This type of infection exists between the skin of one’s toes or fingers. It gives a burning sensation in the toes and the rash has a pungent smell. The skin can become red, peeling, or scaly, while in more complicated cases it can even turn green.

  1. Plantar or Moccasin Infection

This infection is usually found covering the sole of one’s foot, but in some cases may even spread to the heel and up the sides of one’s feet. Initial symptoms include dry, sore, or itchy skin, with the skin cracking and peeling later on. This type of Athlete’s Foot also tends to spread to the nails in which case the nails get crumbly or may even completely come out.

  1. Vesicular or Vesiculobullous Infection

The medical word for blisters is vesicles, which is what this type of infection entails. These can happen anywhere on one’s feet but usually pop out between one’s toes or on the soles. These blisters are red and small, causing itchiness. Bursting one could lead to a bacterial infection.

  1. Acute Ulcerative Infection

Open sores, cuts, and ulcers constitute this category of Athlete’s Foot. They are also prone to bacterial infections. It can lead to pain due to the crusting and fissuring of the skin, while the bacterial infection may release an odor.

Treatment of Athlete’s Foot

Each type of Athlete’s Foot has similar remedial procedures that can be used and applied in a variety of ways for treatment. While treatment should be started as soon as one begins to notice symptoms, some cases require no medication to the extremely mild nature of the fungi. Most treatments are fairly simple, can be done at home, and require no prescription. The standard topical treatment procedure would include applying an antifungal, which can be found in various forms such as cream, gel, powder, or spray. Additionally, a greater focus on food hygiene plays a huge part in reducing the infection and preventing reinfection. This includes regularly changing into fresh socks, providing one’s feet with plentiful air and ventilation, applying the antifungal in the inner sole of footwear if required, and washing and cleaning one’s feet. For those who choose to go down the more natural and organic route, tea tree oil, hydrogen peroxide, and ajoene found in garlic. These coupled with the increased hygiene measures have also proven to be effective.

Ideally, the treatment should be continued until after a week or two since the infection has died down to prevent any chances of the fungi making a comeback.

Get Rid of Dry Skin on Feet and Cracked Heels

How to Get Rid of Dry Skin on Feet and Cracked Heels Overnight

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Cracked heels are a common foot problem among many. It can occur in both adults and children and seems to affect women more often than men. Having cracked heels may not be serious for some, only causing minor discomfort when barefoot. But in some cases, cracks in the heels can become very extreme and cause pain. One of the first signs of cracked heels is having areas of dry, thickened skin, which are known as callouses, around the rim of your heel. The fat pad under your heel expands as you walk, causing the callouses to crack.

Some other factors that can cause cracked heels to include:

  • Standing for a long duration
  • Walking around barefoot, or with open-back sandals
  • Taking long, hot showers
  • Using harsh soaps, which strip your skin of natural oils
  • Shoes that are too tight or hurt your heels
  • Climates, such as cold temperatures or low humidity, which causes dry skin

There are also some medical causes of dry and cracked heels. This can be due to high blood sugar and poor circulation that result from diabetes. If you suffer from nerve damage, you may not feel that your feet are dry, cracked, and painful.

Some other conditions that may lead to dry skin and cracked heels include:

  • Vitamin deficiency
  • Fungal infection
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Juvenile plantar dermatosis
  • Psoriasis
  • Palmoplantar keratoderma that causes abnormal skin thickening on the soles and palms
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Old age

Symptoms that accompany cracked heels

In addition to having cracked heels, you may experience flaky skin, itching, severe pain, bleeding, inflamed skin, and even ulceration. In extreme cases, you may develop complications due to the cracked heel, especially if it’s caused by a medical condition. These may include loss of feeling in your heel, cellulitis, and diabetic foot ulcer. The symptoms may lead to an infection causing pain, warmth, redness, and swelling. If you think you have an infection, pay a visit to your doctor right away.

The following are some of the best ways to treat dry skin and remove dead skin from the feet miraculously overnight.

  1. Exfoliate your feet

The process of exfoliation involves removing dead surface-layer skin. To do this, you can use either a physical or chemical exfoliator.

Physical exfoliators include:

  • Shower foot scrubber
  • Homemade foot scrub
  • Foot peels
  • Body brush
  • Electronic callus removers

You can buy shower foot scrubber from shops or use foot scrubs made at home by mixing honey, warm water, and sugar. Chemical exfoliators can be lotions or thin liquids containing ingredients that dissolve dead cells on the surface of the skin. Examples of these is glycolic acid, lactic acid, and alpha-hydroxy acid. Foot peels are also popular chemical exfoliators, which were designed by manufacturers specifically for the feet. However, some foot peels contain artificial fragrances and alcohols that can irritate sensitive skin, so it is important to check the list of ingredients for any potential allergens or irritants before buying as foot peel for yourself. If you have sensitive skin, you should opt for a gentler foot peel.

  1. Use a pumice stone or foot file

One of the best shower foot scrubbers is a pumice stone or metal foot file to remove dry skin and calluses from the feet.

You can use it while showering or you can follow these simple steps to achieve baby-soft feet:

  1. Soak the feet in warm water to soften the dead skin.
  2. Wet the pumice stone or foot file with warm water.
  3. Gently rub the pumice stone or foot file over the dead skin or callus. Use circular motions with a pumice stone and gentle back-and-forth motions with a foot file.
  4. Rinse the dead skin off the feet. Repeat step three as necessary.
  5. Pat the feet dry with a clean towel.
  6. Moisturize the feet with cream, lotion, or oil.
  1. Use Foot soak

Soaking your feet in warm water after a tiring day can help soothe and loosen dry skin while improving blood circulation, which in return, can help prevent dry skin in the future. For a foot soak, you can add different ingredients, such as oatmeal or Epsom salt. You can even add a small amount of vinegar to a foot soak as vinegar has powerful antimicrobial properties that may help disinfect the feet and even eliminate foot odor.

Some other beneficial ingredients you may want to consider adding to a foot soak include:

  • Honey
  • Lemon juice
  • Baking powder
  • Peppermint essential oil
  1. Moisturize your feet

Moisturizing your feet regularly will help reduce existing dry skin and prevent new dry skin from forming. It is most recommended to moisturize your feet after using an exfoliator or a shower foot scrubber. Doing this will help the skin lock in moisture.

Try to avoid lotions, creams, and moisturizers that contain alcohol, added fragrances, and artificial colors as these ingredients can worsen dry skin.

  1. Wear socks to bed

To lock in the moisture, it is recommended to wear cotton socks before going to bed. Simply apply a generous amount of moisturizer to the feet before slipping on a pair of breathable, cotton socks. In the morning, remove the socks and rinse your feet. You will love the instant result.

If you want extra hydration, you can also try using moisturizing gel-lined socks. Moisturizing socks contain natural oils and vitamins that help hydrate and repair dry skin on the feet. These are available at stores or you can create your own. Just slip on a pair and wear them around the house for a few hours. Afterward, place the socks in the washing machine and let them air-dry.

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How to Do a Luxury Foot Massage at Home

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There is no doubt that life nowadays leaves you worse for wear. Escaping to the spa or even better a retreat may equally be a bridge too far, as time is at a premium. A foot massage is something that it great relaxation, especially for couples.     

Due to the kind of sedentary lifestyles we are leading nowadays, most of our feet muscles are not being used properly. In addition, improper footwear such as tight footwear hampers normal circulation in our feet. Your feet suffer from the consequences of high-heel or narrow shoes worn for the sake of fashion or beauty. They also get tired and sore from standing, running and walking long distances all day. Life is tough on the feet..

The feet are precious components of your body; carrying you for endless miles daily and helping you in maintaining the right body posture. Your skin, including the one on the feet, is saturated with nerve endings with up to 200,000 exteroceptors in the sole of each foot. Giving your feet the proper attention they deserve is vital as the feet convey biofeedback information to the brain for maintaining the functionality of the body. This can be achieved by pampering them with a luxury massage that revives and relaxes them.

Many of us have become acclimatised to wearing shoes, and overlook that the feet are full of sensory receptors. Indeed, this intricate network of nerves inform the brain on how to manage movements involving positioning and monitoring functionality. It is quite amazing to view the number of acupressure points in the feet, which reflexologists utilise to control pain and ailments in various parts of the body. Perhaps this knowledge alone should inform us of the importance of looking after our feet regularly.

Few things can compare to the feeling brought about by a good massage, and even few forms of this ancient practice can beat a foot massage! You don’t even have to go for the more artistic therapy performed by the professionals, as you can have your own luxury massage at home.

5-simple Steps for a Luxury Foot Massage at Home

After a tiring and long day, it does not take much effort to inspire a relaxing and soothing foot massage at home. This therapy is particularly pleasant in the evening when your feet are not only tired but perhaps swollen due to fatigue.

Follow these simple 5-steps for a touch of artistic therapy at home:

  1. Feet preparation: Remove all the nail polish, get the nails cut and push back the cuticles, for the ladies!
  2. Soaking and cleaning: Soak the feet in a warm water tub and clean them carefully using your preferred method. It helps to throw in a pinch of salt as it aids in dirt and dead skin removal, also soothes the swelling. You can purchase great flavoured salts with eucalyptus, lavender or peppermint.
  3. Exfoliate the feet: Exfoliate every inch of the feet, using suitable exfoliation gels and scrubs.
  4. Massaging: The best and simplest home massage is done using foot cream mixed with a couple of lemon juice drops. You will get excellent results following a 10-minute massage. You can also use any of the massage product options I have described below.
  5. Finishing Touch: After the massage, you may want to file the nails as they are now very soft. Next, apply your choice nail polish.

Using Massage Oil

Many people prefer massage oil as they can smoothly stroke the skin without getting a feeling of being pulled. If this is your preference, try using a pure vegetable oil such as Jojoba or sweet almond. Even olive oil can serve the purpose in a pinch. To make it particularly luxurious, add a couple of essential oil drops such as geranium or lavender.

It has also been found that massaging your feet using coconut or olive oil has been shown to offer much relief from inflammation and pain triggered by foot tendonitis. This is also seen as a great treatment for your heel spurs and even beneficial in relieving the discomfort of burning feet sensation.

Using Lotions

Lotion is another fine substitute to massage oil as they make perfect lubricants. However, it’s important to carefully read the label because though the majority of them may have a very pleasant smell, not all can be recommended for a massage because of their chemical composition. Rather, it’s safer to use a pure and natural lotion that is free of any chemicals to look after your health.

Other Options

Some people are not too happy to have the “slimed up” feel that comes with oil on their feet. If, however, you still like something to get the smooth feeling over your skin, you could try cornmeal or even corn starch. Both of these products are good alternatives to using oil. Using corn starch comes with slick and soft feel while corn meal has a bit more of zing arising from the relative coarseness. An added bonus of using corn meal is that it is also good at exfoliating. For added luxury and feel good-effect, first heat the cornmeal in your oven and drop several drops of an essential oil as you massage.

Sometimes it pays to try more creative therapy approaches using special toys to pamper your tired feet. Perhaps the simplest one is using a tennis ball. Simply stand on the ball and roll it around. Another viable route is using a foot roller where you roll it back and forth on your soles for a quick massage.

Activating Foot Acupressure Points

Applying appropriate pressure to specific foot points is a therapeutic method that has been in use for centuries, especially in the Orient. According to acupressure principles, your body has in excess of 200 pressure points, although the majority of practitioners hold that the areas that should receive most focus are the feet and hands.  Stimulating these reflex points on your feet is not only pleasurable, but definitely helps in promoting good health. Different points are found on the outer and inner foot plus at the top and bottom of each foot.

Your feet alone have over 15,000 nerves that end at your pressure points. A single massage can stimulate over 7,000 different body nerve endings during a single session, thus boosting their reactivity and function. Most pressure points maps break it down to identify specific foot parts that are responsible for stimulating particular body regions and even further to identify specific parts of the body.

Among the basic techniques for activating a foot pressure point is through simply pressing on the specific point 3-times in a row for about 10 seconds. Besides the relaxing benefits, stimulating pressure points on your feet also stimulates other body parts to help in relieving discomfort typically linked with medical conditions like asthma, diabetes, headaches and even anxiety.

Conclusion

A foot luxury massage just before you go to bed not only relaxes you but helps you sleep better. A relaxing and soothing foot massage helps the body to unwind, relaxes the body nerves and improves blood circulation. Cleaning out and opening neural pathways helps improve body flexibility and functionality of many body areas. There is mounting evidence proving that massaging the pressure points of your feet is good for your general health. And besides what science has to say, a foot massage at home certainly feels good!

One final tip for maintenance of beautifully silky soft feet, and it is this: Wearing cotton socks laced with a luxurious moisturising cream will soften the feet overnight. You can continue this treatment over a few nights to really give your feet some extra tender, loving care.

Products to Buy for Foot Cleaning

Best Products to Buy for Foot Cleaning

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Have you ever wondered: what if your feet had feelings? What if they were people with personalities? Would they be like grumpy, grouchy, disheveled middle-aged people who are always running around looking busy and unhappy? Or would they be smart, fresh, and the on-top-of-their game looking adults with a cup of steaming mocha clutched in one hand?

We spend our lives never really focusing on our feet or caring about them. Whether or not they have feelings, whether they need to take a break and soak in a nice warm bath, only to be massaged into a relaxed state of mind. Most of us engage in regular foot cleaning in our baths, we soap them up, maybe use a scrubber, but that’s usually the end of it.

Well. We need to do more.

The average American walks 3,000 to 4,000 steps a day, making 1.5-2 miles. Most people walk up to double this amount as per the Center for Disease Prevention and Control’s (CDC) recommendation to stay healthy and fit.

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Depending upon the choice of your footwear, your feet undergo major stress. If you wear high heels often, chances are that the balls of your feet are facing major stress putting you at risk of hairline fractures. Of course, wearing flats and shoes is a good choice for most people EXCEPT 80% of the men wear the wrong size of dress shoes which can cause cracks, ugly creases, and increased stress for your feet. How can foot cleaning factor in as a solution that can help rejuvenate the strength of our feet? Well, you need to think of foot cleaning as not just any rub-a-dub-dub harried procedure, its more about grooming your feet to be at their best, all the time.

You can invest in bath salts to revitalize the skin of your feet or get some buttery moisturizers to keep them soft and hydrated. Look for foot creams infused with essential oils – to make them smell great. The best moisturizers tend to either of these as a primary base ingredient: Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, and Aloe Vera. Did you now that foot masks were a thing? Well, they are. Just simply slather your feet with a foot mask product and watch it work its magic overnight to heal your feet into softer, smoother feet. Adding these natural products to your foot cleaning routine will bring about some great results.natural products to your foot cleaning routine

The prospect of splurging on creams, bath salts or foot masks may seem relaxing but the key to having healthy feet is just simply: a thorough foot cleaning. You need to invest in a small tub, fill it up with hot water, and just soak your feet in for 15-20 minutes. Just hot water will work like magic to soften up any toughened dead skin.soak your feet

You need to make efficient and quick use of a good scrubber, preferably a pumice stone, or a brush with soft thistles, to ensure that your foot cleaning regimen has been a success. After this, if you massage your feet with a foot massager or your bare hands, you can immediately affect the blood circulation in your feet and soothe the mass of pressure points around your feet. Congratulations, if you have done all this, you have now indulged in some good satisfying self-care.Self Care

Alas, not many of us have the time luxuriating with our feet. It makes you wonder if there is a quick solution that can come to the rescue of your feet from stressful days. There is.

It’s called Squeaky Clean Feet.

Foot scrubber

What is this and how can it help with foot cleaning and keeping your feet healthy? It’s like a power-slipper that you can put on your feet and just forget about everything else. Pumice Stone? Not needed. Brush? Not necessary. Foot massager? We have got your covered. This product is integrated with all the essentials that spell good foot cleaning and care. It is lined with pumice stone textured material, long rubbery scrubbers, and built-in massagers. What’s more? It comes with suction pumps so it can stick to the ground while you swiftly move your feet back-n-forth for a couple of minutes to get the same result that a longer and time-consuming foot cleaning regimen would provide.

Sounds like a good deal, no?

Invest in Squeaky Clean Feet for an easy foot cleaning hack that you can apply daily.

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The Best Shower Foot Scrubber Ever

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Have you ever gotten a pedicure done?

Not from just any beauty salon or parlor, but from a proper medically licensed and specialized foot care clinic. If you haven’t, then we can tell you that your appointed foot care specialists will first soak your feet in hot water for 10-15 minutes and then they will begin a long – sometimes uncomfortable – process of cleaning your feet thoroughly. They remove all softened dead skin from your heel, scrapping it off with a sharp blade and then using a foot scrubber – the normal shower foot scrubber we normally use at our homes. Depending on your foot hygiene, the specialist will spend 20-25 minutes on this cleaning process and when they are done, you will experience the most satisfying sensation of having smooth, clean and perfect feet.

If you inquire ahead about how to sustain the lovely outcome of such a pedicure, the specialist will most likely recommend that you regularly use shower foot scrubbers and wear slippers or socks around your house.

Foot-care specialists each have different preferences but they recommend different kinds of shower foot scrubbers that you can use by yourself to exfoliate your feet – keeping them fresh and healthy. The process of exfoliation is simple: you are removing all the dead skin that has hardened into a layer on your feet. It is a pretty easy and straightforward process that, if done regularly, can help you avoid developing any tough ugly calluses on your feet. It’s all about consistently scrubbing and exfoliating your feet. Give them the care and time they deserve.

But it’s not all about you. Or the effort you put in. It’s also about what product you choose.

What kind of shower foot scrubber should you use? 

For one, remember to get a scrubber that makes use of pumice stones. These stones are very easy to come by and typically look like a sponge with very large pores. But it doesn’t feel like a sponge because, true to its name, it is a stone with a tough texture.

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Pumice stones are used all over the world to remove the hardened callouses on your feet because they are just so very effective. In a matter of minutes, they can quickly exfoliate your feet.

Many pedicure kits come with bristled brushes that are used to clean the top and sides of your feet. These places are prone to become layered with dead skin and dirt. These brushes are designed to softly remove the excess layer on your skin, leaving it clear once you are done.

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Such a brush can come in varying sizes; the smaller ones are usually used to clean the sensitive space between your toes. This area is often forgotten because shower foot scrubbers are not generally designed to reach it. This becomes a problem because the skin between our toes has the most chances of becoming infected due to bad foot hygiene. Have you ever wondered why some people’s feet smell so yucky? Stinky feet exist because people are not regularly cleaning the source of the smell which is between their toes where the brevibacterium resides. This kind of bacteria thrives in salty and moist environments and emits an unpleasant odor until cleaned.

The point is: Whatever kind of shower foot scrubbers you go to buy next time, make sure that your product integrates these essentials i.e. pumice stones and brushes because they play a very integral role in giving you clean and healthy feet.

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What are Squeaky Clean Feet offering you? 

Well for one, we are offering you squeaky clean feet.

Secondly, we have developed a unique shower foot scrubber that is an all-in-one deal.

This product has been designed to cater to your comfort and your foot care needs. Our shower foot scrubber comes with exfoliation panels made with a pumice stone-like texture to make sure that your feet are properly exfoliated. This product further integrates the usage of longer brushes, which are made with durable material, to gently clean all parts of your feet properly to ensure healthy foot hygiene.

Picture this: Taking care of feet can be difficult because it requires you to change your position, take a firm hold of your feet, one at a time. This may require bending down and straining your back which, although necessary, is not exactly preferred or sometimes even possible for some people.

Some old grandmothers cannot strain themselves while showering. There are young adolescents with back problems who cannot bend downwards to reach their feet easily. They’re also people who are just too busy to spare precious time for thorough foot care. Keeping this in mind, we bring to you the best shower foot scrubber which quickly takes care of your heels, soles, ankles, sides, tops and even the hidden space between your feet. All you have to do is much put some soap in the soap well section, and then just side your foot in. The suction holes at the bottom can stick to the surface of your bathtub or floor to ensure you don’t slip and posture doesn’t become unstable.

With a simple back and forth movement, our product can simultaneously focus on target areas of your foot – leaving you feeling rejuvenated and relaxed.

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Don’t Forget! Feet are such an important part of the human body, continuously bearing down the weight of our bodies. Paying attention, providing care and loving your feet is necessary for a truly healthy lifestyle. With Squeaky Clean Feet, you can transform your shower routine to come out of the shower with well-massaged and thoroughly cleaned feet.

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Foot Cleaning Massage to Help Reduce Pain

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Many of us love to have foot massages when we are tired or when we need to clean our feet. How many times have we imagined owning a device that can provide us a good massage or just clean our feet for us without having to invest so much on it. Squeaky foot cleaning products are great in this regard if you are looking for affordable and effective solution.

Coming back to foot massages; these massages are not helpful in relaxation but also aids in relieving pain. Yes, massages of feet can reduce various pain. Even the massages and feet cleaning we do with Squeaky Clean Feet or other similar products are really helpful in reducing pain. Let me tell you how?

Premenstrual Syndrome and Menopause

Many women go through a lot of changes during menopause, which includes pain and headaches. A nice and gentle foot massage is all that is needed to help these headaches go away. This is also relevant for premenstrual syndrome and everyone knows that a good massage can even make the mood better, so it also helps in mood swings in both situations.

For added benefits, massage your feet with your favorite essential oil. The aromatic and healthy properties of these oils will make the massage a lot better.

Myofascial Release Therapy

There are different techniques of massages for different types of pains. One of the most effective techniques is myofascial release therapy and here are the steps how to do it:

  • Select a comfortable chair to sit
  • Take a tennis or golf ball
  • Keep the ball under your foot
  • Roll the ball
  • Keep rolling it until you have found a sensitive point
  • Press down with the foot once you have located the pressure point
  • Press down just enough so you can feel point softens
  • Maintain the position for 3 to 5 minutes

The key is to stop rolling the ball once you have found a sensitive point, continuous rolling will not let the pressure deep enough. This therapy is quite effective against general pain. Basically, thin tissues that cover muscles, organs, and bones are targeted in this therapy.

According to a research on lower back aches, reflexology was better in reducing pain than the lower back massage.

Reflexology

The massage for lower back pain in reflexology focuses on arches of the feet and comprises of simple steps:

  • Use oil or lotion for lubrication, just few drops
  • Concentrate on the pressure points in arches
  • Move from heels to toes
  • Move your thumbs alternately in short strokes

After the massage, you will feel remarkable relief from a nagging pain. Now, you must be wondering what reflexology is? It is a technique that focuses on the pressure points. These points are on hands, ears, and feet and they correspond to different systems and organs in the body. These points are pressed in this method as it is believed that they benefit the organs they correspond to.

Benefits of Massages

Whereas, manual manipulation of muscles is known as massage. Massages are known to enhance general wellbeing and health. Most of the times, overworked muscles and physical fatigue from a long day leads to tired feet. Foot massage is a good way to get rid of this tiredness. Circulation of nutrient rich blood is increased in the massage area. As a result, movement of lymph fluid is enhanced and irritable cellular waste product is removed. How cool is that – even a normal foot cleaning massage if done right can provide so many advantages.

Chronic Pain

Short deep pressure strokes combined with long surface strokes are best, as they reach almost all of the problem areas. In case of orthopedic problems, it is advisable to consult a doctor first and only after consultation and permission from a healthcare professional, you should or should not go for a massage.

Pain from Injury

If you have been in an accident and there is an injury, you may feel a sudden onset of foot pain. Consult a physician to be sure that there are no broken bones or any other acute damage. Once you are sure that it is not a severe injury, you can consider foot massage to alleviate pain but only after seeing a doctor.

Even after consultation, you should massage gently around the outer edges where the injury is and not directly on injury. Keep applying pressure nearer and nearer as sensitivity reduces.

Things to Take Care Of

For soothing effects, you can massage your feet with foot lotion or any recommended oil. Make sure that you do not massage the area with blisters, cuts, scratches, or abrasions since they can get infected. Wait till it is healed, then you are good to go.

The Last Clandestine Tip

Consider this tip as an extra bonus. When you are done with massaging your feet, you should keep them elevated for 10 to 15 minutes.

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Get the Solution to Deal with Flat Feet

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Even if you have flat feet, it does not matter. There are affordable foot cleaning products that you can use to keep your feet clean and odorless. It is a condition that has nothing to do with pedicures and cleaning equipment. The common perception is that nothing can be done for flat feet which is not true. Though, there are some cases but for most cases, this perception is not valid.

Do not feel left out because honestly, it is not something due to which you have to skip spa dates or cannot have a friend’s night where you all treat yourselves with pedicures and stuff. Why miss out on some fun? Flat feet are something beyond your control but keeping them clean and soft is totally possible. Invest in affordable foot cleaning products so, you can have more products and enjoy to the fullest.

Fallen or collapsed arches are other common names for flat feet. Against the general perception about its rarity, this is a quite common condition with about 30% of the population having fallen feet. However, only one person out of ten shows symptoms of this condition. It affects both feet but in some cases, only one foot is also affected.

There are number of reasons for collapsed arches such as arthritis, pregnancy, obesity, genetics, aging, and injuries. Sometimes, muscular diseases, like cerebral palsy, spina bifida, or muscular dystrophy, become the reason for flat feet.

Types of Flat Foot

There are mainly two types of flat feet: flexible and rigid.

Flexible Flat Foot

It is the most common one. It is only flat when there is a weight applied on it.

Rigid Flat Foot

It is flat with and without weight on the foot.

Now, let’s see what can be done to overcome this problem.

Stretching

Stretching routine may help people with flat feet but it requires dedication. With regular stretching program, flattening can be reduced. Downward dog (a yoga position) and runners stretch both are equally effective.

Simple exercises like picking up handkerchief or marbles to strengthen the grabbing from toes can help a lot.

Short Foot

This exercise targets the muscles supporting arch at the inside of foot. It also improves posture of feet. To do this you have to sit in a chair. Keep your foot on floor with your toes pointing forwards in a natural position. Slide the front of your toe to the back towards the heel. The goal here is to shorten the length. You have to hold this position for 5 to 10 seconds and repeat it 10 times for both feet.

Barefoot

Another wrong perception about flat feet is that it needs support. Counterintuitively, when you walk or run barefoot your muscles become strong and they are more active.

Single Leg Balance

Stand on one leg and slide front toe towards the heel and activate short foot. While maintaining the short foot position, start tapping your other foot gently around your body. Tap but don’t squash. Don’t move your body, your leg should be the only thing moving. Try to stretch your foot as further away from the body as you can. Continue this for a minute, then shift on to other foot.

Braces

In case, there is a pain in your knee, foot, or hip due to fallen feet, you should go for a foot brace. They will give an external support and lift the arch. Use them for a shorter period of time and do not let your feet muscles depend on it too much.

Orthotics

They are used to raise arches and inverting heel bones. They are basically specially-designed shoe inserts for flat feet. Once you insert them you will feel much better. It alleviates muscular strain and spasms.

Stability Shoes

There is a range of such products available in the market. Shoes, such as motion control shoes, provide extra cushion to support foot arch. They relief pain and make walking and running better.

Surgery

This is literally the last resort and usually, this is not even required. Surgery is needed in cases of bone deformity or tendon tear. It can be a simple one and can be really complex, depending on the severity of flat feet and age of the person. Three common types of flat foot surgery are; implant, structural, and fusion.

Fusion

If it is advanced and at the end-stage, then a patient may need major joint fusions.

Implant

An implant is inserted at the back of foot. The purpose of this implant is to support bones.

Structural

Tendon transfers, bone cuts, and joint fusions are involved. The aim is to realign.

End Note

If we are going to be honest, there is no cure but it is not like that nothing can be done to manage or improve the situation. Several measures can be taken to make feet better, few of them are mentioned in this blog. Exercises and small changes in daily routine can improve alignment and it may become less painful. If nothing else works, then surgery is always an option.