Easy Home Remedies for Winter Foot Problems
Winter can be hard on your body. Especially if you’re traveling and don’t have all the comforts of home. Nothing about vitamins and herbs today. Just a few quick tips to make your feet more comfortable… even if you’re on the road.
In the winter, your feet wind up jammed into boots a lot – sometimes for the whole day. By the end of the season, you may have a few painful corns and calluses.
Getting rid of corns and calluses isn’t too hard. Just soak your feet in a tub of warm water and Epsom salts for about 20 minutes. Then gently rub the offending callus with a pumice stone.
But to get to the root of your problem, find boots with a wider toe box. Narrow fashion boots are often the cause of a callus problem. A wider toe box will give your toes room to move – and wearing your boots all day will be a lot gentler on your feet.
After a day of tromping around in heavy winter boots, your feet may be sore. Here’s a quick way to get relief.
Sit in a comfortable chair that allows your feet to easily reach the floor. Place two tennis balls at your feet. Put one foot – stockinged or bare – on each ball and gently roll the balls around under your feet. Apply however much pressure on the balls as feels comfortable.
Don’t have a tennis ball handy? Roll a bottle of water back and forth under your feet. If it’s been in the fridge for a while, it’ll cool your feet, too.
Another side effect of wearing boots all day can be unpleasant foot odor. Rubber, vinyl and other synthetic materials don’t let your feet breathe. And if you’re traveling, it’s even worse… because you may not have time – or a handy spot – to wash your feet.
If you have a little vodka handy (check your hotel room mini-bar), just dab it on your feet with a washcloth. The alcohol will kill the bacteria that are causing the problem. And because it’s virtually odorless, the vodka won’t leave your feet smelling like a brewery. (Antiseptic mouthwash works, too… but you may have minty-smelling feet afterwards.
If your feet are dry and itchy, try soaking them in a tub of water with a little baking soda. Use about 2 tablespoons of baking soda per quart. Your feet will feel clean and refreshed – and it should stop the itching quickly.
If your feet are dry and cracked, try washing your feet and smoothing on a little honey. This can get a little messy, but honey is very soothing. A number of studies how it promotes wound healing. It’s a great moisturizer, too.
Just plan to put your feet up for a while. Maybe watch a favorite movie. Just have a little soap and a basin of water handy to wash your feet when you’re done.
If your feet aren’t cracked and sore – just a little dry – treat them like you would any area of dry skin. Wash them with a gentle exfoliating agent and moisturize the heck out of them. Glycerin is particularly effective.
Finally, many people move their exercise indoors during the winter months. And if you’re spending more time at the gym, your risk of picking up a foot fungus skyrockets.
Always wear shower shoes in the locker room. And keep your feet dry. But if you do pick up a fungus, you may be able to get rid of it with a simple home ritual. The key is catching the problem right away.
Soak your feet twice a day – for about 20 minutes or so – in a tub of warm water with Epsom salts. Dry your feet thoroughly, then apply a little tea tree oil ointment. Apply the tea tree oil again before bed.
You should see improvement within a couple of days.
Yours in continued good health,
Best Life Herbals Wellness Team