How To Keep Your Feet Looking Fabulous
We stuff our feet into extremely cute — but often uncomfortable — shoes almost everyday. Sometimes it’s corporate dress code, other times it’s because of our inner diva. Although your shoes may be aesthetically pleasing, the fashion factor of women’s shoes often compromises foot health, so lower your heel height to no more than an inch, and purchase styles with a broad, elevated toe box rather than an angled or pointy one.Your feet have lots of moving parts that invite numerous problems and breakdowns. Each foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, and 19 muscles and tendons-all of which help you run, walk, jump, and kick-to log about 1,000 miles a year! Now is the time to soothe your well worn soles and get on track.
Basic Foot Care 101
- Do wear shoes appropriate for your sport
- Don’t wear heel greater than 2 inches for extended periods of time
- Do replace shoes after 300 miles or 300 hours of use
- Don’t ignore persistent foot pain
- Do wash and dry feet each time you bathe
- Don’t Cut toenails too short
If you don’t live the star-studded high life you can still go it alone with these tips for a self-made pedicure. Go on, your feet will thank you!
1. Soak your feet in warm, soapy water for 10 minutes.
2. Use a pumice stone or emery board to remove dead skin cells as well as calluses.
3. Push back the cuticles carefully and trim toenails straight across to prevent ingrown toenails. Cut just enough so you can see a few millimeters of skin just beyond the nail margin.
4. File the nail edge with an emery board and rinse.
5. Apply a foot-formulated moisturizing lotion and massage it into the feet.
6. Wipe toenails with polish remover to take off any excess lotion then apply nail polish to the complete toenails.