Walk Strong: How to Care For Your Feet This Fall
When you practice self-care, don’t forget about your feet! Between school, sports, and activities, your feet can take a beating. Self-care days aren’t just about face masks and bubble baths. Take some time to put your tired feet up and let them rest. Learn how to care for your feet this fall, and when the time comes for tall socks and winter boots, you and your feet will be ready.
Keep Them Hydrated
When you’re constantly on your feet, the skin can crack and dehydrate easily. Keeping moisture locked in is doubly important in the winter—that dry air can leave your skin chapped. Grab your favorite lotion and give your feet a good massage before you pull on your socks. Make sure that moisture sinks into your skin; avoid leaving a film of lotion on top.
Get Regular Pedicures
You might be thinking, “But nobody’s going to see my toes all winter!” And while you may be right, who cares if other people won’t see them? They’re your feet! Go in for a pedicure twice a month (or DIY a pedicure at home with a pumice stone and a warm foot soak). If you normally wear nail polish on your toes, take a break for the season. Constant polishing can compromise the integrity of your toenails.
Offer Them Support
All the pampering in the world won’t do your feet any good if you wear impractical or unsupportive shoes. Keep your arches in shape by treating them to high-quality fall shoes that will keep you comfy as you return to school and shuffle from class to class. If your feet still need extra help, use inserts to give your arches a boost. Remember: your feet are the foundation of your body. If they’re hurting, your knees, hips, and back will feel it, too.
Wear Clean Socks
This one seems like a no-brainer, but clean, breathable socks are your best friend during chilly weather. If you sweat a lot during the day, keep an extra pair of socks on you just in case. Sweaty socks and all-day wear create a welcoming environment for athlete’s foot and other fungal infections. Cotton socks are absorbent and ideal for playing sports, while wool socks wick away moisture and keep you warm on the coldest days.
This fall, as you trade your sandals for boots, take care of the feet inside them. Add a thick foot cream to your self-care arsenal and be mindful of the shoes you wear every day. Knowing how to care for your feet this fall is crucial to your comfort and overall well-being, so don’t neglect them!