Forty-two muscles, twenty-six bones, thirty-three joints and more than fifty ligaments and tendons join forces and work together to make our feet work in the proper manner. But a day without them functioning properly sure is a nightmare.
The stress that the foot goes through every day makes them more susceptible to injury than any other parts of the body. Improper care and irregular monitoring of the two gives all the more reasons for more problems to prevail. In such conditions, the feet might get infected or can become prey to various chronic skin diseases, such as psoriasis. Diabetic patients are even more prone to their occurrence and are at more risk of damage to the skin.
Diabetics being the most common group of patients to have foot problems are advised and bound to take good care of their feet. Yet, most patients fail to realise the early signs and symptoms and hence face the aggravated condition. Dr Nirupama Parwanda, Dermatologist & Founder, Zolie Skin Clinic explains, “Our feet are in constant use while we perform our daily routines and having diabetes or psoriasis can increase your risk of getting a fungal infection, sores, corns, blisters and painfully dry skin which can be hard to treat. Thus regular take care of the feet is important.”
The first and foremost care routine that one should be consistent about, especially if he/she is diabetic, is a massage. This process of rubbing the feet increases blood circulation and stimulates the lymph nodes in the body, which in turn helps the body to flush out the toxins. Massages teamed up with pedicures also help in reducing the ill effects of diabetes such as hardening of the arteries.
“Foot massages and pedicures are a great way to relax your feet and keep them clean and smooth but if you have any problem like ingrown nail and fungus or are a diabetic then you need to take care of a few more things such as taking the services only from highly trained pedicurist and masseuse. Also, keep in mind that the professional is not a doctor therefore you need to be watchful of what they are doing,” suggests Dr Rinky Kapoor, Cosmetic Dermatologist & Dermato-Surgeon at The Esthetic Clinics.
She further adds, “If you have toenail fungus then avoid getting a pedicure or massage and instead get it treated first. In the case of calluses and blisters, do not let the pedicurist cut them. It will worsen the disease.”
Using cleaned and sterilised pedicure tub and instruments before the process starts, and not getting your toenails cut by scissors are some general and basic points that one should also consider when visiting a salon for the services.
In order to keep your feet smiling, it is mandatory that you are consistent about certain other things in daily life, apart from the care you will receive at the salon. First things first, always keep the pair in the best, clean and hygienic condition possible. Secondly, make moisturisation a regular habit. Keep them highly moisturised from time to time. This will ensure their repair process, as the skin fails to repair itself when going through a condition like psoriasis. Dr Nirupama suggests that one should never ditch the socks and not remain barefoot.