Your feet literally carry you through life, bear your weight and take you places. As a nurse, you are constantly on your feet, from eight hours to sixteen-hour shifts. The importance of the feet cannot be over-stated. Despite their importance, the feet are often neglected. So what can you do to treat your feet right?
- Pedicure and Foot Baths
Taking care of your feet is important. Make sure you wash your feet when you shower, and be sure to give them a good scrub when you take a bath. You can buy a foot bath with a massage function to target your feet in particular. Bathe your feet with Epsom salt or other organic bath salts for an extra enjoyable bath. Add a few drops of organic lavender essential oil for a relaxing scent that also fights foot fungus.
After properly washing your feet, you will want to trim and file your toenails regularly. Taking good care of your feet prevents in-grown toenails. In-grown toenails are hellishly painful, so taking easy steps to avoid them will prevent unnecessary pain. Besides, effective feet care routine that you turn to a regular habit will leave you with gorgeous, sandal-ready feet when the summer comes!
- Reflexology and Foot Massage
Have you ever had a foot massage? There’s almost nothing more heavenly. Take things a step further, and you have reflexology: foot massage geared toward relieving certain ailments in the body. The principle behind reflexology is that the foot is like a map for the entire body. One part of the foot corresponds to a body part, such as the edge of the foot connects via nerve endings to the spine. If you massage certain areas, you can sometimes trigger healing of a body part. Massage the arch of the right foot to target your liver and aid in detoxification.
- Make Your own Foot Cream
To make your foot cream, simply combine coconut oil with a few drops of peppermint oil. The peppermint and coconut oils are antibacterial and anti-fungal and help to combat foot odor. They also leave the feet feeling silky, moisturized and refreshed -especially after a long day on your feet!
- Rest Your Feet
After a hard day on the job, you will not want to underestimate the importance of rest! Give your feet a nice foot bath, massage your feet and then put them up! Not on the table necessarily, but on a comfortable foot rest. This will help blood flow and circulation to your feet that will soothe them and help prevent soreness.
Did you know that an effective way to take your vitamins is via the skin? Try a magnesium spray right on your feet and legs. This prevents soreness and soothes your muscles after a hard day. This is an often overlooked part of foot care that you should incorporate into their daily routine. You will feel so much better, more relaxed and just plain healthier!
- Intensive Foot Care
If you suffer from calluses, you are not alone. It is completely common among nurses because they walk constantly. They are painful and unsightly though, so of course, you want to take care of them! Here’s an easy way to do it.
Take a foot bath in Epsom salt. Scrub at the calluses with a pumice stone. After that, rinse your feet in apple cider vinegar. Repeat the process. At night, apply a foot creme consisting of peppermint oil and coconut oil to the affected area. Cover the area with a bandage and see how much softer your feet will become! Your calluses will be gone in days if you repeat this process regularly.
- Don’t Cheat your Feet!
The feet are among the most important parts of the body. Like the roots of a tree, they support us, and we should repay them with tender care. Make foot care a part of your daily beauty routine and be sure to get plenty of rest for your feet. Massage your feet often, whether at home or work.
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