The way your feet look gives the observer an idea of the way in which you take care of yourself. Everyone wants to have beautiful and healthy feet. To have beautiful skin you have to take care of the skin on your feet. You have to regularly take care of your feet. You will have to soak your feet to soften the tough dead skin, then you will have to scrub off the dead skin from your feet and them moisturize your feet with a nourishing cream to keep it soft and smooth. You should exercise your feet and use comfortable shoes that allow your feet to relax and breathe easily.

Common foot problems and nail deformities in our aging population. Be able to identify high risk clients and complete assessments of the feet. Acquire skills such as cleaning, cutting and filing nails, corn and callous care, padding, strapping, ram's horn and nail packing. Review the special care needs for geriatric, diabetic and vascular patients. Practise your newly acquired skills on a student and a geriatric volunteer in a lab setting.

Caring for your feet is easy. Most of the care can be done when you are bathing and getting ready for bed. Preventing injury to your feet is merely a matter of wearing properly fitted shoes and socks at all times. Foot care is an especially important part of care for people with diabetes. Some of the effects of the disease increase the risk of foot problems and also increase the likelihood of complications.

Herbal Remedies for Foot Care

To soften rough feet, try this regimen every night before going to bed, for two weeks. Dip the feet in warm water containing a teaspoon of (preferably herbal) shampoo and one teaspoon of baking powder. Let them soak for 10- 15 minutes, before drying them. Apply a foot cream and then go to sleep.

The sap from a marigold stem, milky juice from green figs or papaya juice are all good remedies. Apply to the affected area frequently.

Tea made up of Yarrow plant is also traditionally considered very beneficial. It has anti-inflamatory properties and helps in menstrual disorders. Tea can be prepared by boiling yarrow leaves in water for 10-15 minutes. It can be taken 2-3 times in a day to get relief.

Take about three tablespoons of bees wax and mix one teaspoonful sesame oil in it. Warm it a little and apply on the affected areas.

Use warm sesame oil or ghee on the affected areas.

Walking barefoot on rough surfaces or excessive exposure of bare feet to the sun, wind or water causes cracks on the heels and soles apart form the aggravation of Pitta and Vata doshas, which cause dryness and roughness of the feet.

Apply a mixture of 1 teaspoon of mango tree sap and 1 tablespoon water to the cracked skin.

Wash and dry feet daily (especially between the piggies).
Remove dead skin cells by gently scrubbing corns, calluses and heels with a pumice stone.

A easy pedicure which is fast and effective can be done easily at home. It is herbal and natural and fast acting. Add a few (four to five) drops of vinegar to four or five table spoons (40-50 grams) of curd and mix well in a dish. Rub this mixture well on the feet, ankles, heels and the soles of the feet especially between the toes.

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