Foot Care Tips for Soft Soles
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Foot care tips. I admit I’ve used and abused my feet over and over again for years. It all started when I was 10 or 11 and my ballet teacher said I was old enough to start using pointe shoes. At first it was just twice a week, but soon it was 6 days a week, for at least two hours every day. When I was older, it was through the use of high heels, and hours of walking around New York City. When I used to work in Chinatown I saw lots and lots of massage shops specializing in quick foot massages. One of them had a sign that read (and I’m paraphrasing): The human body is like a tree, and just like a tree, it dies from the root: form the feet.
These are very wise words- our feet literally carry us throughout the day, and we don’t give them enough credit. We stuff them into too-tight shoes for hours and we don’t give them time to properly rest. I was lucky to learn early in my life, thanks to all my years dancing, that happy feet mean a happy body- even when you’re balancing on your toes. I teamed up with #CollectiveBias and Amopé to share with you some of my foot care tips, so you can start to #RespectUrFeet!
1. Get rid of dead skin
The easiest way to get your soles baby-bottom smooth is by scrubbing them and getting rid of dead skin. The Amopé Pedi Perfect gadget is a new product to the market and my beauty arsenal. It’s a really cool and electric foot file that will get rid of your dead and rough skin without having to put too much work into it. You have to use it on dry skin only, and I find that right after the shower the skin is softer, and will come out the easiest.
Always always always moisturize your skin, especially after a shower, to lock in some of the moisture from the water. Don’t stop at your feet- they need some loving too! Amopé also has a Pedi Perfect moisturizer, which is actually pretty perfect to use right after using the foot file. I like to apply it after a shower and right before bed. In the winter, when my skin is the driest, I like to put on a pair of socks to keep my feet moisturized, and wake up with soft soles.
3. Give yourself a massage
Why not give yourself a relaxing massage as you’re applying lotion? Massage helps improve circulation and helps relieve stress. Think of a massage as a great way to pamper your feet!
4. Fight bad smell
There are foot sprays designed to combat this issue, but I find that a cheapie, and just-as-good solution, is applying some baby powder to your shoes before and/or after you’ve used them. Baby powder keeps your feet from sweating, which is what causes stinky soles. Don’t stick your shoes in the closet right after you take them off, let them air out overnight. I wrote a post dedicated to fighting bad smell back when I was a little intern at Dance Spirit magazine, check it out here!
5. Relieve swelling
It’s really easy for your blood to stay stuck in the bottom of your feet, since it has a hard time making its way back up your leg; blame gravity. Be kind to your blood and give it a hand (or a leg), and raise your gams for five minutes every night. You can prop them against a wall, or even put some pillows under them- as long as your legs are higher than your head you’re good.
6. Wear toe separators
This is another trick I picked up when I was dancing. Toe separators help relieve tension and are great at avoiding bunions- note how the big toe is aligned with the rest of the foot. Some of my friends use those separators you use when you get a pedi, since they work just as well, and probably don’t look so ugly. TIP: Wear your separators when you’re lifting up your legs at the end of the day.
7. Get support
I love wearing flat booties, but they just don’t give me the support I need. That’s why all my boots, booties, and sneakers have these arch-supporting insoles, so that I don’t have to put too much strain on my feet as I walk, run, jump, or whatever I’m doing. When I know I’m going to be on my feet a lot I throw a pair of gel insoles in there too- it’s like walking on a cloud.
8. Avoid nasty showers
Flip flops are the devil’s footwear- still, they are a necessary evil. I would not be caught dead showering at the gym without my flip flops. Bacteria love warm and humid places, that’s why they thrive in showers. Avoid a nasty case of fungus and stay safe in some flip flops.
Lastly, if you have any sort of prolonged foot pain visit a podiatrist.
Hopefully these tips were helpful. If you were wondering where you can find the Amopé products, they’re in the foot care aisle at your local Target. From right now until November 22, if you purchase one Pedi Perfect you will get a $5 Target gift card! You can also get 10% off by clicking right here.