Top Five Foot Care Stocking Stuffers

Throughout my years of practice, I have seen many patients wonder if a particular device or product is available and where to get it. They then proceed to go online and buy one for everyone they know because it's a "miracle" cream/splint/support/etc. To save you some time searching, I've compiled the top five stocking stuffers that will make your family and friends smile as they pamper their feet.

1. Keep Calluses Soft...
Callex Ointment thins and softens calluses and dry, cracked heels. Its natural plant enzymes selectively exfoliate dry, cracked, thickened and scaly skin while its petrolatum base retains natural skin moisture. Callex is free of acids, mineral oil, colorants and lanolin and may also be used on sport, brace and work-related calluses. Callex significantly reduces the severity of foot calluses, dry or flaking skin and heel cracking.

2. ...then Keep Them Gone!!
To help remove the softened dead skin, the Foot Buffer Pro is a podiatrist recommended buffer sponge system. One side is infused with a combination of healthy ingredients including glycerin gel for a gentle skin cleanser, skin softening olive oil and shea butter, Vitamins A & E for anti-oxidant protection and healing botanicals to freshen the feet. The other side is excellent for gentle exfoliation of loose, dry, scaly or flaky skin on the heels, soles and sides of the feet. The Foot Buffer provides a "spa-like" treatment to tired feet. A real "pick-me-up" at the end of a long day!

3. The BEST Foot Pad Around
I'm not a big Dr. Scholl's fan, however they had a great product out several years ago called the cushlin callus cushion. It was a reusable silicone callus cushion that provided relief to the ball of the foot when the natural padding had eroded away. The problem that Dr. Scholl's experienced was that they were TOO good. They lasted for months, their product sat on shelves, and in their infinite wisdom, they discontinued it. Along comes Dr. Jill's, a company owned by a podiatrist, to fill in the void. Her Ball of Foot Callus Cushions takes a great product and improves on it. These purple pads are reusable and provide excellent cushioning to calluses beneath the foot, prominent bones due to lost fat padding, and pain from neuromas.

4. How About a Foot Facial?
With the Gilden Tree 4-Step Healthy Feet Kit you can soak, scrub, moisturize and protect those tired feet and rejuvinate them for the next day. This kit contains everything you need for healthier, more beautiful feet! Gilden Tree's focus on Healthy Feet means that every product is effective and natural. This kit is a sampling of their best products - Softening Spa Soak, Exfoliating Foot Scrub, Healing Foot Cream and Shea Butter Balm. Great on cuticles, nails, elbows, and other dry skin. It's a marvelous gift, and perfect for home pedicures or for travel. Scented with Kiran Forest, a captivating blend of fresh green botanicals.

5. It's Time for a Safe Pedicure
Every year...maybe twice...there are horrifying stories about people getting limb-threatening infections from pedicures. The truth is, that salons are poorly regulated and often cut corners in disinfecting their equipment properly. By bringing your own equipment, you know that it only is used on you. The SOS Safe Salon Pedicure Kit provides everything you need for your pedicurist to provide a germ-free pedicure. It includes all natural tea tree and lavender Sole Savior Essential Moisturizing Oil, professional grade cuticle nipper, nail clipper, cuticle pusher and curette cleaner, nail brush, nail file, and two sets of toe separators. After the initial purchase, keep everything in good supply with the Pedicure Refill Kit, which will replace everything in the pedicure kit and includes a carrying case.

The holidays are a time for reflecting on the year past, but looking forward to a healthy year ahead. I hope that these suggestions will provide your loved ones with happiness and comfort for the coming year.
Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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