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  FOOT CARE - by Editor
Look after your feet and treat them with the care and attention they deserve. Your feet, and your back, will thank you for it.




Foot hygiene

While bathing, we often tend to ignore our feet and only apply soap from the ankles up. Your feet need a wash just as much as the rest of your body does, if not more, so make sure you wash and soap your feet as well. Take care to rinse off all soap, and dry feet thoroughly, wiping between the toes.


Keep a pumice stone in the bathroom and every two to three days, soap your feet and scrub them with the stone, paying extra attention to the heels.


Change your socks daily. It's surprising how many people wear the same socks for a couple of days before throwing them in for a wash! If you don't change your socks regularly, your feet will start to smell, and you may even develop a fungal infection.


Use foot powder.

Toenail care

When trimming toenails, don't trim them in an inverted U shape. Trim them straight across without digging into the corners. This keeps toenails healthier.


Shoes

Don't wear shoes that are too tight. They bruise your toes and heels, and they also hamper your walk. In addition, footwear that is too tight around the toes will cramp your toes, and may even cause your toenail to come out. It is also possible to strain your back.


Check your child's shoes regularly to make sure they are not too small. Children's feet are soft and flexible, and they can easily fit into shoes that are even two sizes too small! But you don't want them doing that, so make sure they wear shoes that are the right size. The easiest way to ensure this is to make your child stand on a sheet of paper as you draw the outline of her foot. Then, measure this outline with the sole of the shoe. If the outline is bigger or exactly the same size, you should get a bigger size. The sole of the shoe should be a little bigger all over than the outline.


Go shoe shopping in the afternoon. Your feet swell to their maximum at this time so you can be sure that anything you buy will not suddenly start feeling tight in the afternoon.

One foot is always bigger than the other, so try on both shoes before buying a pair.


If you are buying keds, wear socks as well while trying on the keds.


The best footwear to wear is genuine leather. It takes the shape of your feet and moulds itself accordingly.


If you will be on your toes all day, stay away from high heels. Heels are great for short periods, but not for long stretches at a time. They completely change your posture and put strain on your back and your toes.


Beauty Tip

A great tip for soft, smooth feet is to apply cream any cream generously to your feet before turning in for the night. Cover them with a pair of socks. Do this everyday, and within a week you will see the difference.

Give yourself a pedicure.

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Name: elsa
City:   philadelphia
Comments:   my feet looks so bad and too rough .iam very shy to show my feet t some one .what i have to doany homemade recepies plese
Name: priyasuresh
City:   Abu Dhabi
Comments:   my foot is cracked and the heels r to rough also .Due to the cracked feet it is paining a lot some time it cracks to much give me a home remedy so that I can sit at home and do it and the feet.
Name: rex_jedson@yahoo.com
City:   USA
Comments:   Editor wrote, "If you donít change your socks regularly, your feet will start to smell, and you may even develop a fungal infection." Now I cannot argue about the smell, but I seriously question the part about developing a fungal infection, except under certain conditions. Being a bachelor, I often wear the same socks more than one day, and have done so for years. Yet the only time in my life I've ever developed a fungal infection was after walking around barefoot on a wet locker room floor. There was more involved than simply not changing my socks regularly. I caught it from someone else, after being exposed to an athlete's foot breeding ground. As far as I know, foot fungus is not something that suddely finds its way into shoes and socks to grow under average damp sock conditions. There may be more of a risk of infection for someone with a pre-exisiting disease, secondary condition or compromised immune system. However, I think such warnings should be stated specifically and plainly, instead of implying that wearing yesterday's socks is itself somehow dangerous. That just adds to the social stigma that we men must bear because our feet sweat a lot. Yes, my socks smell, but I have yet to develop a fungus, bacteria or infection from dirty socks alone. I may be offensive, but not unhealthy. Thanks for reading. Signed Rex, aka Smelly Socks.
Name: crispy_choco22
City:   Singapore
Comments:   I had been out yesterday and there was water everywhere.My feets started itching lightly at first but today its itching more and as i scratch itincreases more.can anyone give me a home made remedy to stop itching.
Name: maria
City:   manila
Comments:   My feet are sweating. Is there anything I can do about it to prevent sweating Please advise.THANKS
Name: kalpana
City:   enola,pa
Comments:   My feet is black and wrinkled.pls just tell some tips that i can do at home.
Name: lakshmi
City:   telford
Comments:   my feet are black.that too i have more darkness just below the nails. will you please tell me some tips to lighten my feet
Name: dimple
City:   new delhi
Comments:   its a really helpful
Name: vrushali
City:   belgaum(karnataka)
Comments:   my feet are severely cracked. i use crack cream atleast 4 times a week. but still no expected result.
Name: Sarah
City:   Virginia
Comments:   Everyone looks the feet! My feet are very dark as compared to the rest of my body as it´s fair. The area around the nails are darker. Please tell me what to do as they look very bad.
Name: FArry
City:   India
Comments:   my feet are black wrinkled and cracked what should I do please provide remedy
Name: coco
City:   kedah
Comments:   how to get rid of legs´s scars? please give some tips..my skin is quite dark..any tips for whitening(using natural way)?
Name: footsie
City:   mumbai
Comments:   for cracked heels..try few drops of glycerine mixed with your cream every night..it does wonders.
Name: mumbai_geek
City:   Mumbai
Comments:   anyone know if open shoes (sandals etc) are necessarily better than closed one? also, is leather ideal material for shoes. for someone who is in shoes for the major part of the day my main concern is proper aeration.
Name: belle
City:   davao city
Comments:   i hate my wrinkled skin on my feet,how to ge rid of it?
Name: belle
City:   davao city
Comments:   i hate my wrinkled skin on my feet,how to get rid of it?
Name: Miranda
City:   North Carolina
Comments:   For the people asking about what to do about their dry cracked feet...Take two tablespoons of olive oil and mix it with a teaspoon and a half of table salt to make it kind of pasty. Scrub this on your feet for about two minutes and then wash it wish a gentle soap and water...You can feel the difference as soon as you´re done. Also use a pumice stone every time you are in the shower and a good moisturizing lotion as soon as you get out of the shower. Hope this helps. Miranda
Name: PRIYA
City:   HYDERABAD
Comments:   ISOME OF THE AREA OF MY FOOT IS WHITE N SOME AREA IS BLACK.I HAVE ABSORBED IT FROM RECENTLY.SO CAN I GET ANY SOULTION FOR DIS PROB´S.
Name: praiyanka
City:   chennai
Comments:   my foot is some wat white and black in tat my black mark r thereso tat give any treatment
Name: praiyanka
City:   chennai
Comments:   my foot is some wat white and black in tat my black mark r thereso tat give any treatment
Name: Laxmi
City:   Bangalore
Comments:   I have the marks of my chappal on my feet. They are there nearly from years. They will be there through out whether i go out frequently or just sit inside and work. What can i do to prevent these dark lines in the shape of the strap.I would be thankful if you can suggest some solution
Name: Dulanjala
City:   Sri Lanka
Comments:   me feets were too soft before 6 months ago. but these days they get rough. I used to apply some lotion my feets. I have to walk so many distance due to my job. So please help me to get my feet soft, back.
Name: jaya
City:   chennai
Comments:   my legs got tanned pls give me some tips to get back my colour.
Name: amyoneill
City:   ireland
Comments:   my feet are cracked between the toes and smell really bad...ive tryed everything...i always wear clean socks everyday and dnt wear tight shoes anymore, i also wash them everyday but noting seems to work, please help me it very embarrasing....thank you
Name: priya
City:   Coimbatore
Comments:   I often get cracks on my foot and i jus hate it....Is there some cream or treatment to help me to reduce the cracks????
Name: jeyenthi
City:   KL, M´sia
Comments:   i have dry black patch on my ankle and nail... I also have the marks of my chappal on my feet. They are there nearly from years. What can i do to prevent all these...I would be thankful if you can suggest some solution..
Name: shilpa nashi
City:   bagalkot (karnataka)
Comments:   my feet crack a lot in all seasons.please suggest some effective remedy. thanx
Name: sarika
City:   faridabad
Comments:   My feet is black and wrinkled.pls just tell some tips that i can do at home.
Name: marie
City:   pondicherry
Comments:   hi, i have a crack in my feet. plz tell me some home made tips.
Name: sadaf
City:   banglore.
Comments:   ur tips are really gud. i would like to gt tips regarding beauty care. plz mail me.
Name: rashmi
City:   mumbai
Comments:   my feet are rough and have some cracks. please give some home made remedies.
Name: rashmi
City:   mumbai
Comments:   my feet are rough and have some cracks. please give some home made remedies.
Name: Thilagavathy
City:   Kuala Lumpur
Comments:   I am 15 weeks pregnant and gaining weight alot. Due to my weight my legs got swellen. Should I control my food ? Please advice .
Name: Bridget
City:   lusaka
Comments:   for the cracked feet, try camphor cream, it really worked for me.
Name: krithika
City:   mumbai
Comments:   hiii thnx
Name: tasha
City:   new york ,ny
Comments:   the bottom of my feet are brusied from using a pedicure spoon to removes dead skin on the feet,its black and when soaked in water the callused black marks are a graish black color.over the past years 16 i have been tring everything.went to the foot doctor he said it looks like pressure marks.i know it came from me tring to spoon away the callus on my heels. when the skin hardens it hurts like if i stepped on a small toy with a hot burning feelin .my feet are so ugly that the doctor said oh my gosh i never seen anything like this.maybe a strong bleaching gel.something stong enough so it can penatrate callused skin.please help anyone i need to find a dermatolgistspecialist of the feet
Name: meena
City:   bangalore
Comments:   hi.. my feet are very dark when compared to my face.. n also there hve been lots of wrinklies on my feets.. can anyone plz suggest me some home remedies..
Name: shivani
City:   noida
Comments:   hi i am shivani.i think you must soak your legs into warm water for half an hour.
Name: utta
City:   Bangalore
Comments:   Hi we are in footcare industry. Soon we will be launching exclusive foot care clinic. Every body comments welcome
Name: indra bhushan
City:   Bnagalore
Comments:   Hi, I am a trained massager. I will suggest all the ppl to try foot massage atleast once in a month. This will not only give u relief from the pain in heal but also makes ur feet healthy n free from wrinkles,crack. Specially for ppl wearing shoes for long time and ladies wearing highpointed heal sandals.
Name: shalu
City:   chennai
Comments:   i have blackheads in my leg kindly tell me any tip
Name: Maria
City:   Bangalore
Comments:   My foot is cracked on the heels & upward. I hurted my toes as a result the nail is not there, the promlem is the nail whichis coming is in yelloish in color & in a bad shape. Pls advice.
Name: priya
City:   india
Comments:   i was suffering from cracked heels and i had a black colour skin only below the eyes.please give me a tips
Name: madhu
City:   hyderabad,india
Comments:   i have black marks and all black scars on my foot they are made by my footware.please tell me any homemade tips to remove black marks.
Name: raj
City:   hyderabad
Comments:   mamsir i hav a problem with my heel foot which is crack and looks so odd and i use more slippere s due to thay heels become so hard to and dead cel increse so ,can i have any solution for creak hills .mamsir i will wait for ur reply thank you
Name: raj
City:   hyderabad
Comments:   mamsir i hav a problem with my heel foot which is crack and looks so odd and i use more slippere s due to thay heels become so hard to and dead cel increse so ,can i have any solution for creak hills .mamsir i will wait for ur reply thank you
Name: rose
City:   pakistan
Comments:   my feet are black wrinkled and cracked and dont match with my body color. what should I do? please provide remedy.
Name: amee shah
City:   ahmedabad
Comments:   my feet is so hard and there are many crack in it plz give me some idea to remove it.
Name: Arun
City:   Bangalore
Comments:   Hi, I am from Bangalore and Mr. Utta u have mentioned that you are starting a foot care clinic. Can you provide me the complete address and contact no
Name: kashaf
City:   karachi
Comments:   my feet are black and hands too, what should i do, tell me sum homemade tips
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