We love summer! Warm weather, the sun, the beach, and sandals.

Did you just cringe when we mentioned sandals?

You'll be relieved to hear that you're not alone! Fifty percent of women in the US say that they are embarrassed by their feet. We are here to tell you that the secret to beautiful, sandal-worthy feet is self-care! 

A woman's feet are shown with lotion in the shape of a heart and a stack of towels in the background

Self Care For The Feet?

Yes! It may seem strange, but close your eyes for a moment and think of all the moments when you use your feet over the course of your day. The answer is almost every moment of the day. We believe those overworked feet deserve some pampering. On top of that, self-care improves your mood and ability to deal with stress. 

You don't have to go to the spa to do essential self-care.

How to Take Care of Your Feet

Relaxing Foot Soak

Pairing a relaxing, moisturizing foot soak with a self-massage can significantly improve the way your whole body feels! We recommend a magnesium-rich Epsom salt soak. Using scents like lavender and chamomile can help you unwind. Grapefruit and mint are both energizing aromas, while bergamot and rose can help hone in on the self-love that is so key when practicing self-care.

Try a DIY foot soak! Use Epsom salts and warm water in a deep bowl. Add coconut oil to boost moisturization and tea tree oil to act as a natural nail fungus deterrent. Soak your feet for as long as it takes to relax and unwind! It's crucial to thoroughly dry your feet after soaking, especially between the toes. Avoid submerging your feet if you have diabetes and currently suffer from any abrasions on your feet.

Moisturize Your Feet

A good moisturizer is really all that stands between you and beautiful-looking feet. Our Urea Care is packed with healing factors that improve the appearance of your feet while also encouraging the natural moisturizing processes in your skin. 

One trick we love is slathering lotion on your heels and callused areas of your feet before bed. Throw on a pair of old socks to lock in the moisture, and enjoy waking up to soft, supple skin! Avoid moisturizing between the toes as this can encourage the growth of bacteria. 

How to Cut Your Toenails

This seems like a simple enough task, but the truth is that many people aren't cutting their toenails properly! You should always cut your nails straight across. Doing this is the best way to avoid ingrown toenails. Keeping your nails short if you exercise regularly and avoiding tight shoes can also help avoid pesky ingrowns and bruising. If you have a fungal infection on one or a few of your nails, do not use the same clippers on your healthy nails as you've used on your infected ones. This cross-contamination can cause the infection to spread.

When it comes to nail polish, don't use it if you are currently treating a fungal nail infection. After removing polish with acetone, try using a nail oil to keep your nails from becoming brittle and dried out.  

Treat Yourself to a Pedicure

A pedicure is a great way to show your feet some TLC. Following the steps outlined above can offer a makeshift, at-home pedicure treatment, but sometimes we want the real thing! Nail salons are notoriously dicey. It's tough to know whether or not the salon you choose uses proper sanitary practices. A medical pedicure is the best way to avoid nail fungus and other infections that run rampant at dirty nail salons. Freeland Foot and Ankle offers a full menu of spa-like pedicure treatments. A pedicure with sanitized instruments, trained professionals, and a relaxing massage chair sounds like heaven, and we know your feet will indeed thank you!

Take Care of Your Feet: Inside and Out

We specialize in treating anything that might cause you foot or ankle discomfort. That includes the internal structures! Moisturizer can only do so much if you're suffering from something a little more serious like Achilles tendinitis or plantar fasciitis. Luckily, advanced treatments for heel pain are available, and some are available for same-day appointments! Reminder: seeking out professional care for the issues that cause you both physical and mental stress is a form of self-care! Read that sentence again. You deserve to be pain-free. You deserve to be taken care of by people who want to see you succeed and reach your goals!

How to Feel Confident and Sandal-Ready This Summer

Taking consistent care of your feet will help you avoid calluses, dry skin, ingrown toenails, and fungal infections. But sometimes, genetics or pre-existing problems are unavoidable. Whether you are interested in our medical pedicures, or if you need help with any other foot or ankle problems, we are here for you! Scheduling an appointment with us is another excellent way to take care of your feet. We can help you reach your goals and have sandal-ready feet all year round! Call us today at 989-695-6788 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your consultation today!

 

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