Don't Be "Defeeted": You Really Can Have Soft, Healthy Feet You're Not Embarrassed To Show The World
From high school locker rooms to public swimming pools to backyard barbecues, people the world over are ashamed to show their feet. It's really unfortunate, considering how comfortable it is to kick off your shoes and put your feet up. Rather than accepting "defeet," why not take action to improve the look, feel, and health of your feet, so they're not so embarrassing or uncomfortable?
Wear Proper Shoes And Cotton Socks
Start off with breathable cotton socks, so your feet aren't subject to sweaty conditions that can lead to icky situations like fungus and odor, then pop on a pair of practical shoes that support your feet well, especially if you stand on them all day. People don't realize how much of an impact good socks and shoes have on their foot health and the aesthetics of attractive feet.
Get A Checkup For Your Feet Once In A While
While it's considered normal to have sore feet at the end of a long, hard day or to experience some changes in feet as you age, don't let anything too out of the ordinary or too uncomfortable and painful go unchecked. Ask your doctor to inspect your feet or recommend you to a podiatrist, who can stay on top of evolving foot-related problems, keeping you on your toes, quite literally.
Don't Be Afraid Of Pedicures
Even if you're not a fan of polish, a pedicure is healthy for your toenails, rough heels, and cuticles, and if you have them regularly, your feet will look a million times better. They'll soak and massage your feet, rubbing in a softening moisturizer, leaving your feet looking and feeling pampered. Pedicures can sometimes be preventative tactics, too, decreasing the chances of your feet drying, cracking or even becoming infected.
Have A Podiatrist Clear Up Corns And Calluses
Corns and calluses are unsightly and often painful patches of dead, accumulative skin. They usually happen to feet that are subject to the pinching and pressure of (ahem) improperly fitting shoes. Talk to a podiatrist about removing your corns and calluses and about how to prevent them from forming in the future.
Give Your Feet A Workout
Believe it or not, your feet can benefit from exercise, just like the rest of your body. You can do stretches with your arches and ankles and try picking up items with your toes, to keep the muscles in the area strong and flexible. Strengthening your feet will help them support you and stave off painful conditions like plantar fasciitis and even, possibly, arthritis.
Pamper Them Too
Scrubbing and soaking your feet on a regular basis, along with applying a moisturizer, will keep them soft and looking healthy, so you won't be embarrassed to show them off to the world anymore. Pamper your feet or let someone who cares about you do it for you.
When you take care of your feet, they can much more easily take care of you, not to mention the fact that they'll look so much more attractive too. Stop hiding and mistreating your feet and walk them over to a podiatrist, who can help solve any problems you have, from the aesthetic to the structural to the medical.