You’ve worked out your bod, you’re baring some skin, but are your feet really in shape for sandals?
Honestly now, take a good look at those calluses.
But, don’t freak out! I’ve got some easy tips to help you smooth out those feet for sandal season.
- Soak feet in Epsom salts and with warm water-
This softens the calluses making them easier to remove with a pumice stone or file. That’s not all, according to LiveStrong it helps to relieve muscle pain and stiffness and neutralizes foot odors. Best of all, it’s relaxing!
- Use a foot rasp instead! For me, even better than foot files or pumice stone, is a rasp! These really work so much better. Just keep in in the shower and USE one to three times per week.
- Moisturize your tootsies daily! Sounds easy but do we do it?
- Try a foot peel- Baby foot is my personal favorite but be prepared to have gross, peeling feet for at least a week. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
But why are you getting those calluses to begin with?
I read this analogy and it really helps me understand what’s happening to our poor feet, so I thought I’d share 🙂
Pretend your foot is a tomato-
When you push on it from above, it wants to expand out sideways, eventually cracking the skin. The same thing happens to the fat pads under your heel or ball of your foot. As your body weight pushes down, the fat wants to expand sideways and the pressure on the skin can cause it to crack. So, if the weight is excessive (eg prolonged standing) and the skin is not supple (eg callus and/or dry) and nothing is helping hold the the fat pad under the foot (eg open backed shoes) cracks will happen!
There are also some medical conditions which can cause cracked skin on the feet so if you think you have one of these please see your doctor before trying any of the treatments above!
- Autonomic neuropathy in those with diabetes leads to less sweating and therefore much dryer skin prone to cracking.
- Underactive thyroid lowers the body’s metabolic rate and again, there is a reduction in sweating, leading to excessive dryness
So let’s get on those calluses so we can enjoy our new sandals!
In Health and Hapapiness,