Statistics show that the average woman logs an incredible 10,000 to 12,000 steps every day with that number increasing during hectic times of the year. As our feet really do carry us through the best and worst of it, we thought we would indulge you with advice to treating your feet naturally and throw in some interesting facts and some lesser known tips to keep you focused on your lower digits whilst enjoying your homemade foot soak!
Natural Remedies to Treat Foot Woes
Your feet can truly relax by adding lavender oil to the water.
Thorny Skin or Calluses
Bath your feet in lukewarm water. Add 2 tablespoons of salt per litre of water. After soaking about 5 minutes thorny skin and calluses can be removed easily.
A cold footbath can work wonders on sweaty feet. Simply soak them in cold water and perhaps add dried mint leaves or mint oil for a 5 minute soak.
The best remedy for swollen feet is a mustard soak. Add mustard powder to your footbath water and the swelling of your feet quickly goes away. Our mustard seed bath is perfect for this, as the hemp will also work to soften your feet.
Dull, Tired Skin
Scrub your feet with salt and olive oil to bring back that shine.
Yellow stains on your toenails can be removed by rubbing the nails twice a day with a halved lemon.
To counteract chapped feet massage them with coconut oil and they will become smooth again.
Athletes Foot or Cracked Heels
Propolis has anti-fungal properties and is particularly suitable for problems such as athlete’s foot and cracked heels. Apply every evening for immediate results.
Some Lesser Known Tips to Gorgeous Feet…
Whether we adhere to them or not, we all know the basic tips to beautiful clean feet such as drying them properly and cleaning them often. But did you know that:
When you do wear shoes, keep them close to the ground. Studies suggest that just sticking to shoes with a 6.5cm (or lower) heel can cut the pressure on toe joints as much as seven fold.
Buy your shoes to fit your biggest foot. At least two out of three women have one foot larger than the other. Fit your largest foot and make sure the toe box is roomy enough for you to wiggle your big toes when you’re standing.
Shop for shoes in the afternoon. Feet swell as the day goes on and if shoes fit in the afternoon when your feet are at their largest, you can be assured they will always be comfortable.
To speed healing of ingrown toenails, soak your feet in very warm salt water for 10 minutes twice daily. Then slip a tiny wisp from a cotton ball under the corner of the nail to help it grown away from the nail bed.
Always trim your toenails straight across, never at an angle or down the edges. This can cause ingrown toenails.
Don’t go to bed without washing your feet. If you leave dirt on the skin’s surface, it can become irritated and infected.
If your feet could draw up a wish list, the following products would surely be on it
Your feet contain over a quarter of the bones in your body.
The Achilles tendon located in the heel of the foot was named after one of the most famous mythical characters from Homer’s ‘Iliad’. According to post-Homeric sources, Thetis (Achilles’ Mother) dipped Achilles into the River Styx holding him by his ankle in an attempt to immortalise her son. Therefore his ankle became the only part of his body capable of sustaining a mortal wound. This is why he strongest tendon in the foot acquired the name of Achilles tendon.
50% of men and 40% of women regularly suffer from smelly feet.
Feet can be one of the most indicative signs of an individual’s health. Early symptoms for diabetes, arthritis and circulatory problems often initially show themselves in the feet. For example, toenails that are rounded inward instead of outward could signal iron deficiency anemia.
The soles of our feet contain more sweat glands (the eccrine glands) than any other part of the body – at least a quarter of a million glands (3,000 glands per square inch).
Your feet produce an eggcup’s worth of sweat every day.
The skin on your feet has over 7,000 nerve endings.
In adolescents, sweaty feet are often caused by over-active sweat glands triggered by changing hormonal levels in the body.
Emotional stress is also a common cause of sweaty feet given that the sweat glands on the soles of the feet (and the palms of the hand) respond to emotion the most.
The largest feet in the world belong to a Mr Matthew McGrory who lives in America and whose feet are a whopping size 28.
In China during the early 10th century, foot binding was seen as a sign of beauty and was practiced by all social classes. Foot binding was a tradition in which the toes were tightly wrapped in cloth breaking the bones and curling the foot under. After a number of years performing this ritual from about the age of 5 onwards, the front and back of the foot would be forced together to give the impression of small dainty feet. A prospective mother in law would inspect a girl’s feet to see whether she was suitable for marriage to her son.
There are currently more websites on the Internet having to do with foot fetishes than with foot health.
There are times when you’re walking that the pressure on your feet exceeds your body weight, and when you’re running, it can be three or four times your weight.
During an average day of walking, the total forces on your feet can total hundreds of tons. Equivalent to the average weight of a cement truck fully loaded!