Time for tights and heavy boots are gone and now it’s the season of bringing out your best summer-wear.
Now most people with a healthy skin I know would not hesitate to wear revealing footwear. But there are also those who were too busy in the winters to deal with their dry skin and heel cracks. Such people can only hope to wear flip flops and open sandals.

A recent study in UK has shown that most women with dry/ hard skin, bunions, calluses and discolored nails are afraid to wear peep toes, open sandals and other summer footwear. But have heart. Here is what you can do if you have dry heels, bunions, corns or other issues in your feet.

Callus / Corn

Calluses and corns are hardened areas in your skin. If you can feel a bump on the top of your toes as you run your fingers, you might have a corn. If you feel that hardened area below the feet, that is a callus. Calluses are usually yellow while corns are hardened circles usually on toes – probably named after corn kernel.

You probably have corns and calluses because you were exposed to friction and pressure on the toes and heels. It could be possible you were wearing bad (uncomfortable) shoes or it may be just how you walk. Never mind how you got them, you can get rid of them using foot creams or by filing them off. A podiatrist however, can remove both corns and calluses using a scalpel.

Cracked and/or Dry Heels

These too, are often a result of negligence. Feet unlike other parts do not have glands that release oil, so heels are easily dehydrated and cracked. Cracked heels are what you understand from their name. They are heels so dried – they become cracked and sometimes bleed too.

Cracked heels can stop you from planting your foot on the ground because of the pain. But these can be cured by using cracked and dry heel cream regularly, especially before bedtime. The skin near the heel is hard and dry with no least access to oil or hydration. So make sure you moisturize them frequently.

Bunions

Is your toe jutting out from the side? And if it is, is it painful? If that is the case, you might have bunions. Now usually, painless bunions and the ones that cause pain can both be hereditary but you can also develop them over time if you wear narrow footwear.

Unfortunately, the most reliable way of going bunion-free is a surgery. But to make sure you don’t get bunions again, you should wear comfortable shoes more often and reduce the time your wear uncomfortable ones. Steroid injections can also help you cope with pain.

Foot Care Tips to Prevent These Common Problems

  • Exercising and stretching your toes can be very good to keep your tendons and ligaments fit. A simple thing such as 30-seconds-toe-stretch can go a long way.
  • Heat and Cold Treatments can be great for your feet. You can use warm water on your feet to improve the blood flow and cold water or crushed ice to reduce the impact of inflammation.
  • Massaging helps relieve the pain beneath the feet. From simple massaging with a cream to rolling a golf/ tennis ball below the toes, all massaging routines benefit in relaxing, soothing and loosening the tired muscles.
  • Routine pedicures keep your feet healthy from inside and glamorous from the outside. Just ensure the quality and sanitation of tools the salon is using. Diabetics must also consult podiatrist before visiting a pedicure salon.

Ensure this regimen and walk proudly in the open with the footwear you like.

This article was provided for your foot care by Nixsi.com

An aspiring filmmaker, a part time teacher and writer, and most importantly a chai addict, Aleena Mashhood shares her views from time to time on various interesting blogs.

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