How to Show Your Feet Some Love for Valentine’s Day
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, now is the perfect time to show your feet some extra tender loving care. Your feet support you all daylong, and they experience a lot of wear and tear with each step you take. If you’ve noticed aching feet, soreness or some trouble with your toenails, you can get started with a healthy foot care routine today and have great-looking feet in time for a special date on Valentine’s Day.
Relieve Aches and Pains
At the end of a long day caring for your loved ones, working or running errands, your feet may feel sore and achy. This is often the result of wearing old or ill-fitting footwear. You can get temporary relief by soaking your feet in Epsom salts. Your partner could also give you a foot rub. An electric foot massage machine could be helpful as well. After a good soak or foot massage, pat your feet dry. Moisturize them with Dr. Jack’s Cream. This helps avoid dry, flaky and itchy feet. It also lessens the risk of cracking or dry skin buildup on your heels.
At The Active Foot Store, we carry all these products as well as arch supports that slide into your shoes. If you have flat feet or high arches, we can make you customized arch supports. To relieve pressure on a particular part of your foot, we carry pads and cushions for your feet. These include bunion guards, toe straighteners and padding for the reduction of calluses and corns.
Give Yourself a Pedicure
If you have a small area of dry skin on your foot’s sole, use a pumice stone to smooth it. This is also a good time to inspect your feet for problems. Look for calluses, which are hard, thickened patches of skin. Check for corns, which are deep, localized, hard areas of skin. Also inspect your feet for cuts, wounds or cracks in the skin. If you see any of these, it’s a good idea to make an appointment for a foot exam.
Trim Your Toenails
It’s important to keep your toenails trimmed neatly. This helps you avoid ingrown toenails. If you have a difficult time reaching your toenails, we can do this for you during an appointment. It’s easier to trim your toenails after a shower, bath or foot soak. Toenail clippers or specialty toenail nippers make quick work of long toenails. A nail file or buffer smooths the edges.
Check for Foot Fungus
If you notice flaking or thickening of your toenails, this could be due to a fungal infection. Other symptoms of a fungal infection include itching, redness or shiny skin around the nail bed. At The Active Foot Store, we offer laser fungal nail care. The laser helps eliminate the fungus so that your nail can start growing normally. This treatment is comfortable and only takes about 30 minutes. Most people only need a couple of sessions to clear the fungus from their toenails. Although toenails grow slowly, at a rate of about 1.5 to 2.0 millimeters per month, you’ll start to notice clearer, healthier nails growing soon. Airing your feet out for a few hours per day also helps with fungal toenail infections.
Wear Supportive and Protective Shoes
Many people choose shoes based on their style. Those shoes might look fashionable, but they could be doing more harm than good to your feet. Shoes should support the arches of your feet. A good pair will also provide some cushioning for your heels and the balls of your feet. Although flip-flops and open-toed sandals look nice when going out for a romantic dinner for two or a stroll on the beach, they put you at risk for toe and ankle injuries. Choose shoes with a wide toe base—this will give your toes enough room so they’re not squished on top of each other. At The Active Foot Store, we can help you find some great dress shoes that will perfectly coordinate with the outfit you plan to wear on your Valentine’s Day date. Just let us know if you’re going out dancing, for a walk on the beach or something else.
Choose Well-Fitting Shoes
Perhaps you had your feet sized a couple of decades ago, and you just keep buying that size of shoes. If your feet are starting to hurt, your shoes might not be the right size. As you get older, your arch may flatten. This causes your foot to elongate. The ball and toe area of your foot might get wider, too. Many women notice that their feet get bigger after pregnancy or menopause. The Active Foot Store offers shoe-fitting services to make sure that you’re buying the right size of shoes.