Feet are often a very unjustly neglected part of the body when it comes to intensive and daily care.
While we are taking a shower, soap falls on our feet and we often get out of the bathtub without paying attention to the feet, thinking that they are already washed. It is necessary to wash every part of the foot well with soap, especially the area between the toes, since this warm and humid area is a perfect place for the development of fungi and bacteria. Soap has aseptic properties and is able to remove a part of bacteria every day.
After showering or in the evening before going to bed, glycerin or vaseline cream should be applied to the feet. Socks dry out the skin on the feet. The feet bear the weight of the whole body, so the skin on the feet can be prone to thickening and even cracking. In order to prevent this, daily care is very important.
Twice a month, the feet should be soaked for 15 minutes in water to which a little vinegar has been added, after which the dead skin should be gently exfoliated with a pumice stone or foot file. Exfoliating too often will be a stimulus for the new skin to form quickly, so the skin will crack and thicken even more.
Very tight footwear will cause thickening of the skin in places where friction is greatest. It should be avoided.
If the skin on the feet thickens despite the above measures, it can be exfoliated by applying socks that contain acids. After applying the sock to the foot, it is worn for one hour. Exfoliation starts after 3 to 7 days and, like other peels, lasts up to 7 days.
Thickened skin on the feet can be softened by daily care using creams that contain more than 10% urea. Spontaneous peeling of the skin between the toes or the whole foot is a sign that a dermatologist should be consulted.
Blisters and unpleasant odor can be signs of infection. If this occurs, it is necessary to consult a dermatologist.
If, in addition to regular hygiene, an unpleasant odor of the feet appears, this is due to the bacteria that are caused by the contact of the sweat with socks or footwear. In that case, it is necessary to wash your feet for a longer time with warm water and soap, and after washing, it is desirable to apply powder which can contain a disinfectant. It is desirable to change socks and shoes more than once a day. If possible, do not wear the same shoes for two days in a row. The development of fungi also causes an unpleasant odor. In that case, antifungal therapy is required.
In case of excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), it is necessary to consult a dermatologist.