You’ve ordered a dozen roses for your wife or girlfriend. You’ve sent your mom a sweet card. You’ve bought your kids some chocolate treats and helped them makes cards for their whole class. But there’s one important Valentine you’ve probably overlooked this year—your feet!
Think about it—who deserves more love than the appendages we put so much pressure on, day in and day out? Give those tootsies a little TLC tomorrow and they’ll reward you with pain-free walking for weeks to come.
Here are a few foot pampering tips from your Houston podiatrist. Try them on yourself or on your human Valentine for some extra bonus points this year.
Massage Rubbing, rolling and kneading your feet and ankles can help relieve stiffness and tension. If you find any sore spots, it could also indicate a missed injury.
Exfoliate and moisturize Using a gentle scrub, slough off dry, dead skin from your heels and feet. Rub thick lotion into the skin and then put on a pair of cotton socks to lock in moisture. Not only will this feel great, it will also help stave off heel fissures (cracked heels).
Pick out some flats Even though Valentine’s Day often means date night, give your feet a break and choose a pair of flats to help prevent high-heel related injuries like hammertoes.
Give your feet some face time Just like your loved one, your feet need you to really look at them. Especially if you are diabetic, regular foot examinations will help you avoid dangerous ulcers and other foot problems. Download Tanglewood Foot Specialists’ daily foot care checklist here.
Flowers and chocolates are great on the day of love, but your feet will be with you forever, unlike many Valentines. This year, show your feet your appreciation and take care of them the right way—with regular attention and a visit to Dr. Andrew Schneider at the first sign of any problem.