Sure, many of us take extra precautions to rid unattractive skin in places where we see it and feel it the most, like our faces, hands and legs. But the skin on our feet, which are always doing the bulk of the work by holding us up, need that extra love and pampering, too.
If you dismiss regularly checking and caring for your feet, you increase your chances of getting unsightly dry skin, calluses, corns, infections or embarrassing foot odor. It is beneficial in many ways to take preventative measures to keep the skin on your feet smooth, healthy and clean. Buy the proper foot care products to pamper your feet yourself or visit a clean and trusted spa to do the work for you.
Below are the most prevalent unhealthy skin conditions found on feet, the symptoms, causes and treatment options to help you love your skin.
Dry skin is oftentimes worse in the winter, because the cold air outside and heated air inside creates low humidity, which strips oils from the skin. This uncomfortable and unattractive dry skin can, if untreated, make cracked heels and cracked skin. Dry skin commonly appears on feet’s soles and heels. We sell various lotions to hydrate and reduce pain from dry feet. Be sure to moisturize your feet daily by applying doctor-recommended, healthy lotions and scrub your feet to ensure they’re clean and healthy.
Calluses & Corns
Calluses are thickened skin spots that are created as a result of pressure and friction. They may hurt or could be completely painless. Calluses often appear on the heel or the metatarsal area of the sole of the foot, because these places endure the most pressure from standing and moving. Calluses can be removed through use of patches and creams to soften the calluses. They can then be scrubbed off by foot scrubbers to make your skin smooth.
Corns usually form on the tops, sides and tips of toes. A corn is a callus that is even thicker and has a cone shape. Soft corns appear in between the toes and are soft due to the moisture in the location. Use patches and creams to soften the corns, then file them off as needed.
Common causes of calluses and corns:
- Improper-fitting footwear
- Bony prominence
- Toe deformities
- Gait abnormalities
Prevent calluses and corns by:
- Wearing proper-fitting footwear
- Wearing healthy socks that fit correctly and will not cause friction
- Wear shoes made of high-quality materials
Athlete’s Foot is the most common fungal skin infection. The fungus can be easily transmitted from person-to-person or through use of objects or floors. Since it strives in warm, wet locations, it is recommended to always wear protective footwear when in humid, public locations, such as pools or locker rooms. Experts have found that if you have or have had athlete’s foot, you are more likely to get it again.
Symptoms of athlete’s foot:
- Dry skin
- Appearance of a rash
Treat athlete’s foot:
- Wash your feet daily with anti-fungal soap and completely dry
- Change shoes and socks daily or when moist
- Use anti-fungal foot powder in shoes
- Wear shoes and socks made of high-quality, breathable materials
- Avoid walking barefoot anywhere, having people touch your feet or letting others borrow your socks or feet to prevent spreading it to others
Smelly feet are primarily caused by improper ventilation for the feet. If you suffer from smelly feet, wear shoes and socks made of high-quality, breathable materials. Be sure to keep your feet clean, dry and cool as often as possible. Sweaty feet can sometimes cause foot odor. If your feet are usually sweaty, you also have increased chances of getting athlete’s foot or toenail fungus, so be sure to make changes to allow your feet to breathe.
Treat smelly feet or sweaty feet by using:
- Anti-fungal shoe powder
- Anti-fungal foot soap
- Shoe inserts that will keep shoes fresh and dry
- Perspiration-wicking footbed liners
- Athlete’s foot cream
Plantar warts are a skin infection caused by the Human papilloma virus (HPV) that can spread from person to person. Plantar warts can show up on the sole, heel or ball of the foot areas. Oftentimes people remove the warts because they can become irritating and painful, but sometimes the HPV virus dies within a couple of years and the warts will disappear. Plantar warts most commonly occur in children and youth between 12 and 16 years old. To prevent getting plantar warts, do not walk barefoot, especially in public areas.
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