Home Remedies for Foot Care

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Your feet contain a great number of the bones found in your body. Each foot is equipped with 33 joints, 100 tendons, muscles and ligaments, as well as plenty of nerves and blood vessels. This means there are a lot of threats to this part of the body. Luckily, home remedies for foot care provide plenty of easy and convenient ways to stay on top of your health.

Common Foot Problems

The feet have a lot of responsibility, as they carry the weight of your body, make sure you stay balanced, and keep you mobile. From fungal infections to physical growths, the feet face many obstacles, including some of the following health concerns:

• Athlete’s Foot – This common skin condition involves a fungus that causes redness, itchiness, peeling skin, and tiny bumps filled with fluid. Athlete’s foot commonly attacks between the toes or on the bottom of the feet.

• Plantar Fasciitis – Increased stress on the arch can cause microscopic tears that usually affect the heel. The condition causes inflammation and makes it painful to stand and walk. A common symptom is stiffness on the bottom of the heel.

• Bunions – Fluid filled sacs under the skin can develop on the side of the foot near the base of the big toe. Bunions usually create a structural deformity that causes pain. Wearing tight shoes and increased activity can cause a flare-up of this condition.

• Corns and Calluses – The thick, hardened skin found on your feet is called corns and calluses. They usually develop when a bony prominence experiences too much irritation and rubbing. Corns emerge on the toes, while calluses can be found in other places on the foot, such as the bottom of your soles.

• Toenail Fungus – When your feet are warm, moist and sweaty, they are more susceptible to developing fungus, such as toenail fungus. The nails of your feet can become discolored, thickened, crumbly or loose.

Other foot issues to consider include ingrown toenails, plantar warts (caused by a virus that strikes the bottom of the foot and toes), foot odor, yellowed nails, and dry, rough patches of skin.

Foot Care Home Remedies

Since you spend a lot of time placing weight on your feet – they are bound to rebel at some point. It is important to pay attention to your feet, as unresolved problems can lead to more severe consequences. Around your household, there are plenty of items that allow you to take better care of your feet. The following home remedies for foot care have proven quite effective:

a) Soda Bottle:

To make a homemade foot warmer, fill a 1- or 2-liter soda bottle with hot water, and roll the bottle back and forth under your feet while sitting down.

b) Baking Soda:

To alleviate athlete’s foot, you can use a dry or wet baking soda remedy. Try dusting your feet (as well as your socks and shoes) with dry baking soda. This will help dry out the infection. Next, rub a healing paste between your toes that is made with one teaspoon of baking soda and ½ teaspoon of water. Allow the remedy to dry, and wash off after 15 minutes. Before putting on your shoes, make sure to thoroughly dry your feet. Baking soda can also deodorize shoes and sneakers, sooth stinky and tired feet, as well as ease an itchy foot in a cast.

c) Mouthwash:

Choose a sugarless antiseptic mouthwash to treat a mild case of athlete’s foot. Use a cotton ball soaked in the mouthwash to apply to affected skin for several times per day. You should expect a little bit of a stinging sensation. In a few days, you should start to see results.

d) Vinegar:

Fight a bad case of athlete’s foot by rinsing your feet three to four times a day for a couple of days with a solution of undiluted apple cider vinegar. The remedy will ease the infection and itching of the fungus. For added protection, soak your socks and stocking in a mixture of one part vinegar and four parts water for 30 minutes before putting in the laundry.

e) Cornstarch:

To absorb excess moisture on your feet that encourages the growth of bacteria and fungus, rub in cornstarch. Better results come when you brown the cornstarch. Start by sprinkling cornstarch on a pie plate and baking at 325 degrees for only a couple of minutes – until it starts to look brown. Apply some of your feet and toes.

f) Salt:

Treat athlete’s foot by soaking infected skin in a tub filled with warm salt water. Add one teaspoon of salt to one cup of water. Soak for 10 minutes and then thoroughly dry your feet. Afterwards, apply baking soda between your toes.

g) Garlic:

To deliver antifungal properties to the rest of your body, increase your intake of garlic. You can also swab garlic juice over affected areas of skin plagued with fungus. You can make a treatment by crushing one clove of garlic and adding a few drops of olive oil to create a paste. Leave on for 15 to 30 minutes, and then clean off with warm, soapy water. Afterwards, make sure to thoroughly dry your feet. Repeat as a daily treatment. To make sure the fungus doesn’t linger, you may want to continue the treatment for several weeks after the fungus has disappeared.

h) Cinnamon:

Boil 8 to 10 broken cinnamon sticks in four cups water to create a cinnamon tea soak for your feet that treats foot fungus. Allow the ingredients to simmer for five minutes. Allow the cinnamon to steep for another 45 minutes, and then soak your feet for 15 to 30 minutes. This should be followed as a daily treatment.

i) Lemon:

Ward off sweaty foot odor by squeezing the juice from one lemon, and then mix it with two ounces of water. Rinse your feet with the lemon water to treat a sweaty foot problem. Soaking your toenails in lemon juice and water for five minutes will help fight a yellowing effect.

j) Hydrogen Peroxide:

Apply a paste made out of one tablespoon hydrogen peroxide and two tablespoons of baking soda across each toenail to fight yellowing. Let the solution stay on the nails for three minutes.

k) Aspirin:

Soften hard calluses on your feet by grinding five to six aspirin[1] into a powder, which is then combined with ½ teaspoon each of lemon juice and water to make a paste. Apply the mixture to affected skin and then wrap your foot in a warm towel. Cover with a plastic bag to create warmth. Leave on for at least 10 minutes. Remove the bag and towel, and then file down the callus with a pumice stone.

l) Vinegar and Bread:

Soak a piece of stale bread in ¼ cup of white vinegar for 30 minutes. Break off a piece that will cover a corn on the foot. Keep this poultice in place with gauze or tape. Leave on overnight. The next morning, the hardness of the callused skin will have dissolved, and the corn should become easier to remove.

m) Butter:

Massage achy, tired feet with butter – wrapping in a damp hot towel and leaving on for 10 minutes. Afterwards, you will find your feet are much more rejuvenated.

n) Chest Rub:

Apply a thick coat of chest rub (like Vicks Vapo-Rub) [2] to toenails affected with fungus. Repeat several times throughout the day.

o) Shampoo:

A treatment that makes feet smoother is to rub a little shampoo over your feet before going to bed. Slip into a light pair of cotton socks, and in the morning, you will find a difference in the feel of your skin.

p) Sage:

Fight foot odor by crumbling a sage leaf or two into your shoes before putting them on. At the end of the day, shake the remains into the trash.

q) Tea:

It is the tannic acid found in black tea that can soothe tired feet, treat dry skin, and help eliminate fungus. Add six tea bags to one quart of warm water, and then soak your feet.

r) Heel Length:

The length of your heels can help prevent unnecessary pressure to bunions. If you cannot turn your back on high heels, it is recommended to opt for wearing heels that are shorter than 2 ¼ inches.

s) Heating Pad:

Throughout the day, heat a bunion several times with a heating pad. The heat will increase the flow of blood, which reduces swelling and inflammation.

t) Ice:

To treat swelling, pain and tenderness of a bunion, apply ice three times per day by wrapping ice cubes in a washcloth or applying an ice pack that has been wrapped in a towel. Position the ice directly to the bunion for the best results.

u) Sandals:

To reduce the stress placed on a bunion, wear sandals. Taking a break from your other kinds of shoes will give the bunion a chance to get smaller and produce less irritation.

v) Epsom Salts:

Add a handful of Epsom salts to a basin filled with warm water to treat the irritation of painful bunions.

w) Vegetable Oil:

Before going to bed, rub vegetable oil on your feet and then slip on a pair of socks. When you awaken in the morning, you will find your feet much smoother and soft.

x) Tennis Balls [3]:

Remove your shoes and place a tennis ball on the floor. Roll it around under your feet to enjoy a therapeutic treatment at home.

y) Olive Oil:

To soften the skin on your feet and treat rough spots, rub in a small amount of olive oil.

z) Petroleum Jelly:

To enjoy softer and smoother feet, apply a generous coat of petroleum jelly to feet before going to bed, and then cover with socks.

aa) Carbonated Water [4]:

Calm sore feet by soaking for 10 minutes in a basin filled with carbonated water. Opt for the sugarless variety.

bb) Toothpaste:

If you suffer yellowing of your toenails, clean by scrubbing a whitening toothpaste in with an old toothbrush.

Resources

[1] http://www.aspirin.com/scripts/pages/en/products/index.php

[2] http://vicks.com/en-us/browse-products/childrens-medicine/vaporub-topical-ointment-children

[3] Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things by Reader’s Digest; pg. 331.
[4] Babushka’s Beauty Secrets by Raisa Ruder; pg.119.

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