Did You Know? The human foot has 42 muscles, 26 bones, 33 joints, and at least 50 ligaments and tendons made of strong fibrous tissues to keep all the moving parts together … plus 250,000 sweat glands!
The foot is an evolutionary organ, capable of handling hundreds of tons of force — your weight in motion — every day. The foot’s many parts, including the toes, heel, and ball, work in harmony to get you from one place to another. But the stress of carrying you around puts your feet at high risk of injury, more so than other parts of your body.
Many foot problems, including cracked heels, blisters, corns and calluses, foot odour, ingrown toenails, toenail fungus, dry and rough skin, heel and foot pain and athlete’s foot, can develop due to neglect, bad hygiene, weather, ill-fitting shoes, and simple wear-&-tear.
Healthy feet starts with good hygiene.
Here are some tips to keep your feet healthy and well moisturized
- Keep your feet clean. Thoroughly clean your feet with soap and warm water when you bathe. Afterward, dry them well.
- Avoid Harsh Soaps –Try a gentle and non-irritating cleanser to cleanse your feet.
- Don’t Scrub- Vigorous scrubbing may dry the feet out more
- Keep your skin hydrated. Drink enough water.
- Moisturize your feet every day with lotion or cream with petroleum jelly like Heelmate®. Don’t put moisturizer between your toes. You want to keep the skin there dry to prevent infection.
- When you have cracked heels, you need to make sure that you keep them protected. Keep the area clean and apply Heelmate®- Cracked Heel Repair Specialist Cream. This will help create a protective barrier on the surface of the skin to moisturize dry skin.
- Avoid wearing tight-fitting shoes. Your shoes shouldn’t hurt your feet.
- Wear well-ventilated shoes, preferably made from natural material – your feet will breathe better.
- Perform a foot self-exam regularly for cuts, sores, swelling, infections and cracked heels.
- If the problem persists, see a doctor or a podiatrist.