For those of us who walk at work, serve the public with healthcare, or run for exercise and health, taking care of our feet and treating them with love can make all the difference in well-being. That’s why we’ll review some products that you should make your must-have, treat-the-feet home care list.
Dr. Alan Bass, a board-certified podiatrist, agrees that more than seventy-five percent of Americans will experience foot health problems of varying degrees of severity at one time or another in their lives. Despite the fact that your feet may be stuffed in boots or in closed-toed shoes during the cold winter season, taking care of your feet can prevent pain, fungal infections and other foot related issues.
Amope Pedi Perfect Electronic Foot File
This is our new favorite tool. According to webmd.com, “Make it a habit to use a pumice stone or foot file on damp heels and calluses.” We have been doing this religiously, generally in the shower with a pumice stone. But this new tool, Pedi Perfect, lets you do your feet outside the shower. It is a handheld tool that runs on batteries. A rough wheel is suspended between a soft, teal-colored easily held handle. It’s ready to use. All you do is turn it on and rotate the file over hard skin. It’s gentle and even though we care for our feet often, we were surprised at how much dead skin was just whisked away: it exfoliates rough, hard skin. Amopé Pedi Perfect Electronic Foot File ($39.99; mass retailers)
Weleda Foot Balm
We’ve written about Weleda products before—mainly their essential oils for various uses as balms, massage and just generally refreshing, curing and moisturizing the skin. The latest we tried is the foot balm. It soothes and refreshes tired feet to keep them dry and comfortable. We weren’t surprised that it cooled our feet but we were surprised how quickly it is absorbed. It is non-greasy—an element we really like because we don’t care to stick to our clothes or expensive bedsheets. And we love the fresh, clean smell. This is the perfect accompaniment for the Amopé Pedi Perfect as it softens and with organic olive oil—always a plus, keep the skin feeling smooth. (Retails for $13.50 for 2.6 oz, available at usa.weleda.com and other popular retail vendors): http://usa.weleda.com/our-products/shop/foot-balm.aspx)
Freeman Bare Foot Repair Deodorizing Foot Spray
This is boot season. And this year and in the past year, tall boots are a fashion frenzy. It is so very important for your health and well-being to keep your feet dry. There are approximately 250,000 sweat glands in each foot and they excrete as much as half a pint of moisture a day. No matter how absorbent your socks are, sometimes our shoes and boots still end up smelling. Freeman Bare Foot Repair Deodorizing Foot Spray absorbs moisture and also neutralizes odors fast.(Retails for $6.99 for a 4.5 fl. Oz. container), found at FreemanBeauty.com
Also try Bio Oil to moisturize feet: Bio-Oil is $11.99 for 2 oz., and $19.99 for 4.2 oz.; available at Walgreens
Another tip from Dr. Alan Bass, who has been practicing in New Jersey for over 20 years:
Make sure to wear the right footwear
Most of us believe our foot is narrower than it really is, which causes us to buy the wrong shoe size. Three out of four adults admit to foot related issues, which ranges from bunions to blisters. Go to an independent shoe store to make sure you know the correct size. Once you know your correct size, it’s important to make sure you wear the appropriate footwear based on the activities you are involved in for the day. Women also have about four times as many foot problems as men due to wearing high heels. If you love heels, make sure to wear ones that are no more than 2-inches from the ground. And, it’s best to go shopping for shoes in the afternoon because your feet swell as the day goes on.