With muck creeping into your shoes and building a breeding ground for fungus, your feet are at a merciless plight during monsoon. The best thing to do is take care of them and here is how.
Monsoon brings with it moisture, sweat and stickiness due to humidity and the chances of fungus and moulds increasing by a manifold. These bacterial infections can not only damage the skin but also affect tissues and ligaments if left untreated. The deeper tissues of fascia and ligaments can get infected if your personal hygiene and sanitation is not up to the mark during rainy season. So, you need to take special care of your feet in monsoon to guard against fungal infections and conditions such as Athlete’s feet.
As feet sweat a lot during monsoon, closed footwear can harm them a lot. Avoid shoes that close your feet in. Slippers, waterproof sandals and clogs are preferable in this season. Keep your feet sweat-free by applying talcum powder. The moisture in monsoon can affect your toe nails too. To enhance the effectiveness of talcum powder, mix it with camphor powder before applying on your feet. Do this always before wearing your shoes and after removing them.
Use a foot scrubber or pumice stone to remove dead skin from your feet regularly. The dead skin cells tend to harden the feet and lead to cracks. If exfoliating the skin by yourself seems burdensome, you may get a pedicure done once a week. This will keep your feet clean and devoid of dead skin.
Keep your Feet Moisturised
Always use a moisturiser on your feet after washing it thoroughly. Olive oil or almond oil may also be as effective as a moisturiser. Almond oil is a natural foot lotion which should be applied evenly all over the feet before going to bed.
Dry your Footwear in the Sun
Wet shoes, sandals or any other form of footwear should not be kept in the shade for drying. Keeping them under the bed or in the shoe rack would allow bacteria to breed on them, especially if they are wet. Remember that fungus and bacteria are attracted to dark and moist places. You must keep in mind to wash your shoes when the day is bright as this will help you to not only kill the bacteria that are already building up in the shoes but also prevent their further breeding. The sun will work its power to kill the bacteria and make your shoes an unfavourable place for breed.
Foot soaks, scrubs and healing creams are available aplenty and these work great to restore the smoothness of your feet. A foot soak is one that is added to warm water after which its salt beads and fresh aqua scent helps to relax and cleanse them. Foot scrubs contain healing oils such as that of jojoba and sunflower along with vitamin E. They replenish the moisture lost and also make your footpad supple. If you have a taste for keeping even your toes pretty, get a foot scrub.
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