Looking After Tired Feet: 8 Ways To Pamper And Soothe Your Tootsies

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Your feet are often neglected, and although you might take the time to paint your nails now and again, many of us just don’t think about pampering our tired toes. Our feet are what hold us up; they take the weight of our entire bodies and only rest when we are asleep.

Forget your hands today and pay a little more attention to your feet. Here are some excellent ways to keep them healthy and give them a well needed pamper session. 

Looking After Tired Feet

1. Remove Dead Skin

Because there is constant pressure on the skin of our feet, it can be easy to get a build-up of hard and dead skin on our soles and toes. It might seem like a disgusting job, but filing away this skin leaves your feet feeling so much smoother and can prevent it from hampering your ability to walk. Investing in a small emery board or an electronic filer is a small price to pay for smooth and supple feet.

2. Wear Insoles

Wearing insoles is more of a preventive measure, but wearing insoles in your shoes or even wearing specially crafted bunion shoes can make an enormous difference to the health of your feet and your overall comfort. Insoles are inexpensive and protect your arches from coming under too much pressure when you walk around.

3. Prevent Blisters

Many of us experience that horrible feeling when we buy a new pair of shoes, wear them for one day and end up covered in blisters and sore spots. It takes time for your feet to heal and can prevent your ability to walk for a few days afterward. To prevent yourself from making this mistake; it is always advisable to wear in your shoes before you use them. If you have a couple of days puttering around the house, test out your shoes, and it will loosen the material for easy movement once you do wear them.

Another option is to use wet newspaper. If you have a pair of shoes which you want to wear soon, for a party or an event, you can crunch up some paper, dampen it and place it inside your shoes overnight to stretch the material. It will allow for a quick fix to your tight shoe problem.

4. Scrub Away

Looking after your feet isn’t just about preventive measures, it is also about taking some time to pamper your feet as you would with the rest of your body. You can buy a foot scrub from any drugstore, or if you like, you can make your own at home. Here is a simple recipe for a foot scrub which will work wonders on your tired feet:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup coconut oil (melted in the microwave)
  • 2-3 drops of any essential oil you like

Mix ingredients together and store in a tub for up to 4 months.

5. Fish Pedicure

Now, some states in the USA have actually banned these pedicures for sanitary concerns. Plus PETA has had problems with them too. However you may have heard of the fad where people rushed to their local mall to get small fish to eat the dead skin off their feet. It sounds weird and pretty disgusting, but in fact, it can be an excellent way to treat your toes and get rid of dead skin without having to use an emery board. Some choose to relax in their seat and dip their toes in the warm water while small fish work their way around and clean the person’s feet. Of course, this isn’t for everyone, and personally I can’t recommend it due to all the concerns. 

6. Get A Pedicure

You may be familiar with getting your toe nails done at the local salon before you go on vacation, however, how many of you have actually stayed for a full pedicure? Let beauty professionals look after your feet and remove dead skin, massage your aching muscles and moisturize your feet to leave them feeling youthful and revitalized.

7. Wear Foot Gloves, Or Gel Socks, To Bed

An easy fix for dry and sore feet is to buy a pair of foot gloves, or moisturizing gel socks like these, and wear them to bed. It will feel weird at first, but the socks are full of nourishing oils which will set to work on your feet overnight and leave you with soft, supple skin in the morning.

8. Look After Your Body

Finally, to truly take care of your feet and keep them healthy and functioning well, you need to look after your entire body too. For example, regular exercise will strengthen the muscles in your feet. And eating lots of protein will help repair damage to your aching muscles. Taking probiotics not only helps your gut, but allows you to digest the essential nutrients you need for every part of your body, including your feet.

What tips do you have for pampering tired feet?

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  1. This is much needed advice. We just moved and I’ve been standing for basically the past two months. It’s been a crazy busy time for us and I’m absolutely ready to slow down!

  2. I love the newspaper idea! I am definitely going to try that on my new shoes. I have also wanted to get a fish pedicure but can’t find a place near me!

  3. I have always wanted to try the socks or gloves to bed to help with my feet. I may just have to take the plunge and try.

  4. I love getting a pedicure every few months, in between treating myself at home. Now if I could just figure out a way to keep my aloe socks on at night then my feet wouldn’t feel so dry.

  5. This is really helpful for me. I suffer from unexplained foot pain. I have noticed though when I do not eat right – basically too much sugar & carbs – I am in so much more pain.

    1. I’m glad you found it helpful. But, I’m so sorry about your foot pain. 🙁

      Thanks for pointing this out about the sugar and carbs – because they’re inflammatory they tend to exacerbate body pain. I’ve noticed this too and have cut way back on both because of it.

    1. The gel socks are great, but in a pinch I just use a thick moisturizing cream and throw on a pair of socks. You’ll be catching all the zzzz’s in no time, Rachel. 😉

    1. Hey Melissa, That’s good that you don’t have trouble. Pedicures are wonderful aren’t they?!

      I can relate…I can count on one hand the number of pedicures I’ve had in my life. Think I should take my own advice here. ha

  6. Such good information! I am on a strict pedicure every two week schedule. My feet were sooo neglected during my last pregnancy and I never want to go through that again. I wish I could keep socks on at night!

  7. I go for pedicures every week. I think good hygiene is super important and I like to make sure my feet are always smooth and cute.

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