Whether you often find yourself showing off your feet or simply like to feel your very best when it comes to your appearance, there are plenty of things you can do to improve their look and get them feeling great too.
Keep your Skin Looking Radiant
Bright, radiant skin always looks healthier – no matter where on the body it is. Many body polishes and treatments contain skin brightening properties, so try to choose one that promises a healthy glow.
Take Care of your Cracked Heels
Cracked heels can be easily treated and soothed at home using moisturising salves or lotions. While the results may not be instant, a regular care routine will help to improve the cracked, sore skin.
Scrub Away the Dead Skin
Dead skin can look flaky and unsightly, so give your feet a scrub using products of your choice. For even better results, use a pumice stone to eliminate leftover flakiness before rinsing and moisturising your feet.
Give your Feet Some Rest and Relaxation
Stretch and massage your feet whenever possible to keep them relaxed. You’ll be promoting a healthy blood flow and reducing your risk of swelling or bruising that may be associated with discomfort or ‘stressed’ feet.
Combat Dryness for a Smoother Appearance
If your skin is dehydrated, it can often look dull, discoloured or wrinkled. Using a good moisturiser or lotion (urea-based is best) and ensuring you stay hydrated will help to keep your feet in better shape.
Keep your Feet Clean
This one may seem obvious, but it’s always necessary to keep your feet clean, especially if you’re planning on showing them off in sandals. Make sure any staining or dirt marks are washed away.
Keep your Toenails in Great Shape
Regular trimming and shaping will not only keep your toenails looking great, but it’ll also reduce the risk of blackened or ingrown toenails!
T reat Blisters and Cuts Effectively
Cleaning and covering blisters or cuts as soon as possible will help to prevent infection and encourage a faster healing time.
Indulge Your Feet on a Regular Basis
While you may not be able to head off to a spa or salon every week, there’s nothing to stop you recreating the experience at home. A long foot soak will work wonders for keeping your feet smooth and refreshed.
Alternatively, if the way your feet look or feel is bothering you, or you cannot manage your own foot care to best effect, you can always visit a podiatrist to discover the best ways to treat and maintain any condition you may have – from ingrown toenails to bruised or aching joints!
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.