Our feet bear our weight and offer us support. However, we often take them for granted and only pay attention to them when we feel pain or discomfort in that area of our body. Poor shoes and poor feet care have led me to many different situations in which I have felt ashamed of my feet. The idea of having to take my shoes off every time I had a flight used to daunt me and cause me some extra sweat when strolling around airport security facilities. Group meditation? Oh, I would sit down in silence, wishing that no one would notice that I wasn’t barefoot.
I would struggle because I never really knew in which condition my feet would be. Stinky? Blistered? Super dry and with a yellowish aspect? I didn’t know how to take care of my feet properly and I never had the courage to ask a professional to have a look at my feet. Why? For the exact same reasons I wouldn’t take my shoes and sneakers off in public. Walking as a way of moving around didn’t help me either over the years. Long-distance walking training made it even worse, because I got macerated feet, blisters and, when really lucky, athlete’s foot.
Feeling uncomfortable about my feet became usual, and many times it prevented me from working out, due to pain, wearing open shoes, and eventually even snuggling with someone, because I was conscious of how harsh and dry the skin of my feet’s sole was. Besides the shame, the problem here is that blisters, calluses and athlete’s foot not only interfere with our ability to move around as it may also lead to more serious foot problems. So what can we do? I did some research on foot care after being gifted with a full range of foot products formulated and designed by Dr Judith Anders, a podiatrist based in England with 20 years of experience in foot health. So here’s what I found out!
The Science of Happy Feet
- If your feet are not in shape right now, know that fixing them will require tender loving care and patience
- Take care of your feet everyday by making sure you clean and dry them properly
- Wear comfortable shoes and let your feet breathe from time to time
- Blisters and macerated feet usually occur when your feet are kept wet due to sweaty shoes or socks. The skin absorbs the water and blisters may be formed. Once the feet dry out, the skin can crack. That’s why it’s important to use a good foot balm: it must moisturise the skin and serve as a water sealant to avoid maceration and hard skin. For best results, apply it several hours before your feet have any chance of being wet again. You can solve this problem by including foot care in your bedtime routine.
Foot-care at Home with Dr Anders
The Dr Anders range of foot products have been especially created and designed to help us take care of our feet health. This range includes:
- a nourishing oil infusion for long lasting skin hydration
- a conditioning nail treatment, and
- an intensive rescue balm
Each one of these products offers us exclusive benefits. I tested and have been using them myself on a daily basis. So far, I’m very impressed with the quick results and how well the products cover the skin without being greasy.
Nourishing Daily Therapy
This is a very rich oil infusion that will definitely make your feet feel like they are in heaven. I love using it to give myself a foot massage and the ingredients (coconut, olus and tamanu oils) have really made a difference on my feet’s skin. It’s much softer now and I feel my feet lighter and healthier. Since it’s a spray, the application is easy and quick. One or two applications are enough to fully cover and massage each foot. For more information, check out the product’s amazon page here.
Conditioning Nail Treatment
This treatment product is designed to improve the appearance of our nails and reduce fungal and skin infection. If you have thick hard toenails, this nourishing formula will make them softer and easier to cut. The product packaging also makes the application easy with its tube and brush application system. This allows us to literally brush our nails without having to directly touch the nails or the product. Some of the ingredients include dermosoft decalact, glycerin, castor, grapeseed and sunflower oils as well as sodium thiosulphate. For more information, check out the product’s amazon page here.
Intensive Rescue Balm
This balm helps breaking down hard callused skin because it penetrates deep into the skin. It reduces pain associated with hard skin and it also helps eliminating cracks and fissures. Besides its powerful hydration effect, this balm’s formula also reduces water loss in the foot area, which is why the skin gets so hard. The product is easy to apply and it’s not as greasy as other products I used in the past. Some of its ingredients include: urea, lactic acid, olus oil, colloidal oatmeal, vitamin E, lanolin, dermasoft decalact, and thuja occidentalis. For more information, check out the product’s amazon page here.
For more specialised information and helpful tips on how to take good care of your feet, you can join Dr Anders community ‘Feel Your Feet’ at www.feelyourfeet.com
Making Foot-care Part of Your Bedtime Routine
The best way I found to look after my feet is by incorporating foot-care in my bedtime routine. Every night, I clean and dry my feet thoroughly and then I either use Dr Anders’s spray to give myself a foot massage or I use the intensive rescue balm. This allows me not only to relax even more before bedtime but also to protect my feet and to make sure I keep them in good condition for the following day.
Other Footcare Practises
Besides moisturising and nourishing your feet with the right products, it is also important to trim toenails whenever necessary. Wearing clean socks and changing them everyday is also essential to keep your feet healthy. Whenever possible, try not to wear the same pair of shoes everyday.