You’ll find that during the winter, your feet need a little more care to look and feel their best. Taking a little time out to relax and pamper them at home will help to keep them in tip-top shape without a pricey visit to a spa or salon. Here are four easy, affordable methods of treating your feet that you can enjoy all winter long – and throughout the year too!
Peppermint Foot Scrub
A good foot scrub can help fight off the dry patches that are prone to occurring during the winter months. But why not keep things simple and make your own?
Simply whisk together some granulated sugar, natural oil (such as coconut, olive or almond) and baking soda for a scrub that’s effective yet easy to make. Add some peppermint extract or oil for a great scent to keep your feet smelling fresh.
A homemade salve can help to reduce discomfort caused by cracked heels and skin. A simple recipe for salve can be made from beeswax, coconut or olive oil and an essential oil of your choice for a pleasantly scented solution that’ll soothe damaged areas. Simply melt the ingredients together and pour the mixture into a jar or tin to cool.
Relaxing Foot Soak
After a long day, it can feel incredible to soak your feet in warm water, especially if the solution has soothing properties too. Fill a large bowl with water and add sea salt, Epsom salt, baking soda and a few drops of your favourite essential oils for a stress relieving combination that’ll soothe your feet, whilst the Epsom salts help to detox your feet by removing toxins!
After keeping your feet warm and dry in thick socks and winter boots, you may find your feet need a little refreshment once you take them off. A deodorising mist will help relax your feet as well as freshening them up. Mix eucalyptus and tea tree essential oils with water in a spray bottle for a quick, easy solution for tired feet.
Whether you try out a number of DIY lotions and potions or simply head off for a professional pedicure treatment, taking good care of your feet is essential. And remember, no matter how much love you give your feet, a trip to a podiatrist is always the best option if you’re experiencing aches and pains.
We are delighted to announce that prose written by our Practice Business Manager, Reggie Simpson, will be featured in the Rennie Grove Hospice Care’s Rhyme & Reason 2018 diary, now in its 26th year. The theme for this forthcoming year’s diary is ‘Freedom’. All proceeds from sales of the diary go to support this worthwhile charity.
Reggie says: ‘Although my entry wasn't among the top poetry and prize winners, I was chuffed to be selected for the 2018 diary. The theme was quite broad, but my degrees in politics and love of writing invariably drew me to entering the competition. In the end I settled on a focus of freedom in healthcare, no doubt inspired by my current employment at Betafeet Podiatry and the noble work of Rennie Grove Hospice Care ( www.renniegrove.org ).
Rennie Grove Hospice Care, formally known as Iain Rennie Hospice at Home, merged with Grove House, St Albans in 2010 to integrate services in south western Hertfordshire. The ethos and values of the two charities were closely aligned with the principle of allowing patients to lead a good quality of life at home for as long as possible, helping patients and their families avoid the distress of unnecessary hospital visits whenever possible.
The diaries can be ordered from the Rennie Grove website, payment by debit/credit card. It's part of their annual Christmas/holiday promotion. There will also be copies in local Rennie Grove shops. They are £5 each with additional postage if bought online. Shop locations can be found here: http://www.renniegrove.org/support/our-shops/online-shop/page/2/ .
Here is Reggie’s entry (to appear in the month of September 2018):
‘Do not count the days; make the days count.’
Muhammad Ali. Professional Boxer. Audacious. Charismatic. A winner in the ring.
But even when you have won it all, life throws you a few more punches.
Yes, his name opened doors and wealth, but the bombastic man of his younger years was humbled in later life, and following retirement, he dedicated himself increasingly to charitable work. Parkinson’s was already taking hold.
He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005, the highest honour the USA can bestow. He died in June 2016, aged 74.
Now the news is about boxing helping dementia sufferers.
So what does this mean for freedom? Does getting battered around the head spell freedom and choice? One would say yes; a boxer is free to take such risks. When the consequences deal you a fatal blow as a result, when do you lose your freedom? Is it when you have been reduced to a shadow of your former self, a normal human being, and have to rely on others? Muhammad Ali likely had plenty of resources to ensure his final days would help him on his final journey.
We tend to think of freedom in political terms. It is hard to remove freedom in healthcare from politics. Think NHS reform, among others. Freedom in a healthcare environment means more to the individuals and families when they have life-limiting illnesses and need the care of volunteer-run hospices such as Iain Rennie Grove.
The NHS gives patients the rights to make choices about different aspects of the care they receive, from the different treatment options available. How these are chosen is individual, although for those with life threatening or limiting illnesses this choice will fall on family members.
I quote the following:
‘In health there is freedom. Health is the first of all liberties’.
Henri-Frédéric Amiel, Philosopher
September is World Alzheimer’s Month.