Get Beautiful Feet with These Toenail and Foot Cures
Are your feet ugly? Do you suffer from cracked heels, discolored toenails and blisters? Here is what you can do about it with these toenail and foot cures to make sure that your feet are beautiful enough to show off in public.
In past episodes, Dr. Oz has advised viewers to look to their feet to assess their current health. In fact, there are 3 simple warning signs of feet that could point to a serious medical condition.
To help you assess the health of your feet, try this Dr. Oz foot quiz to see how your knowledge of the foot rates.
But more recently, Dr. Oz has this advice on how to make your feet look their best:
“It’s sandal season, and are your feet up to it?” asks Dr. Oz as he helps viewers find cures to fix feet that they are too embarrassed to show in public.
With Dr. Oz is special guest Podiatrist Krista Archer, DPM who tells viewers that one of the biggest mistakes people make with their feet is ignoring them during the winter months when your feet are out of sight and out of mind.
“We have been hiding our feet with socks, shoes, boots all winter long and our feet want to be free—they want to come out and it’s not pretty,” Says Dr. Archer. “So, it’s kind of like not flossing for 5 months...when we forget about treating something, it’s not pretty.”
To help viewers fix their ugly feet, Dr. Archer offers the following foot fixes and prevention tips to keep your foot health on its toes.
Foot Fix #1: Blisters new and old
Just like many other health issues, prevention is key to nipping blister formation in the bud. Dr. Archer recommends spraying antiperspirant on the areas of your feet where blisters commonly form. She tells viewers that why this works is because moisture from sweat is the primary cause of blister formation when feet rub the wrong way against footwear. Antiperspirant will help keep your feet dry and blister-free.
A tip for treating areas of the skin where past blistering has left unsightly red blemishes, one trick is to apply a mixture of hemorrhoid cream and liquid concealer to the affected area. According to Dr. Archer, the hemorrhoid cream will help remove the redness by constricting the inflamed blood vessels while the concealer hides the blemish until the affected skin has healed.
Foot Fix #2: Cracked heels
“Over the winter the dry, dry air has caused the skin to crack and the cracks can be dangerous because they can become infected and will require an antibiotic ointment,” says Dr. Archer who offers the following Honey Lemon Foot Scrub remedy for treating cracked heels:
• ¼ cup of Brown Sugar
• 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
• 2 tablespoons of honey
• 3 drops of peppermint essential oil
Take all 4 ingredients and mix it into a paste in a small bowl. The brown sugar acts as a gentle abrasive for rubbing off the dead skin; the honey has antibacterial properties to prevent and fight infection; and the coconut oil and peppermint together helps moisturize the skin.
Apply the paste directly to the cracked heels and massage the paste into the cracks with a massaging motion for a few minutes. After a thorough massage, take a wet towel and clean off your heels and see the dead skin that has been scrubbed away with this remedy.
Foot fix #3: Toenail fungus
Toenail fungus or “onychomycosis” affects millions of Americans every year. Common sources of this type of fungal infection are from walking around barefoot at the pool and dressing room, using a gym shower without wearing shower shoes, and more often than most women would like to believe—contracting a fungal infection during a pedicure or during a gel manicure.
The problem with this type of infection is that the fungus is resilient and well protected beneath the hard nail region. Current treatments include:
• Applying topical oils with anti-fungal properties such as tea tree oil directly to the affected toe(s); however, this method has a very low success rate.
• Prescription oral meds are the typical treatment, but could be harmful to the liver. Before prescribing an oral med for toenail fungus, your doctor will order a liver test to ensure you do not have any existing liver problems.
• Laser ablation is the preferred method by many because it does not damage the skin or require liver-toxic medications. However, it is not a thoroughly proven method as of yet and may result in the infection returning.
• Surgical removal of the toenail or fingernail to apply medication directly to the infected site. This is the most reliable method to getting rid of a toenail fungal infection, but requires a months-long healing process as the new nail regrows.
Your best bet is to see a podiatrist who treats fungal toenail infections so that he or she can evaluate the severity of the infection and provide you with their professional recommendation as to the best way to treat your toenail infection.
To protect your feet this summer, take a look at the following warnings and advice for wearing flip-flops this summer.
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Reference: The Dr. Oz Show