Holiday Gift For Your Feet
In a season when we spend a lot of money, efforts and time on others – which is part of the nature of giving at Christmas – why not spend just a little bit of time on yourself? We are talking about your feet, specifically. Face it: they endure a lot. They are squished into shoes, they pound the pavement taking us wherever we want to go, and they are often forgotten. Give your feet a holiday gift this season and pamper them as they deserve to be.
At our podiatric office we see the battle wounds from all that life throws at us. Our feet often fall victim, but with a bit of tender, loving care they can become good as new. On a free evening, take the time for a good foot soak. Warm water with a bit of moisturizing oil or Epsom salts will soothe tired feet and soften skin. Let your feet soak for 5-10 minutes and then use a pumice stone or a grainy exfoliator to get rid of rough spots and slough away calluses. Tend to your nails by trimming them properly – straight across and not too short. This little tip will help you avoid ingrown toenails. Dry feet well when you are done and put on some good moisturizing lotion. The addition of mint in a lotion will feel extra energizing. Avoid putting any between your toes, as added moisture there can put you at risk for a fungal infection. A good foot massage and even elevating your feet for a bit can soothe achy feet and reduce any swelling.
It doesn’t take much effort, and this “gift” for your foot should be done on a regular basis. Not only will it keep your feet healthy, it will also give you a chance to inspect them for any problems, which is especially important if you have diabetes. Ask Dr. Harvey Danciger for some great foot product ideas and put them on your wish list for your friends and family! If you have any foot pain this holiday season, please contact our office in Palm Desert, CA at (760) 568-0108 for treatment.