At-home foot treatments can be beneficial to keep your feet healthy. If you have reoccurring issues like calluses or functional problems like toe cramps, there are options for self-care. Our specialist for diabetic foot care in Bethesda provides information about the best foot treatments you can do yourself at home!
Some foot problems can’t be treated at home, such as plantar fasciitis, sprains, and breaks. However, there are ongoing issues that can be maintained with common household supplies. These include treatments for cracked heels, calluses, and toe strengthening exercises.
Some do-it-yourself solutions for foot problems can also make you feel great. Calluses (hardened tissue on the foot) can form on the heel or balls of the feet due to dryness or friction from shoes and can be helped with a foot spa. If you don’t suffer from diabetes or severe calluses, you can relieve your calluses and cracked heels at home. Simply warm up water in a foot spa or bin, add Epsom salt, and soak your feet for up to twenty minutes. Then, scrub the dead skin off gently with a pumice stone and apply a thick lotion to maintain moisture for smooth feet.
If you have hammertoes or other conditions that cause toe weakness, you can use methods such as picking up a towel with your toes to increase toe strength. Other at-home solutions for foot pain include rolling your foot over a golf ball to stretch your foot; however, if you feel an increase in pain during or following this exercise, contact our podiatrist as you may have a bigger foot problem.
At-home treatments are great for maintaining foot health, but it’s always important to have regular checkups with our podiatrist, especially if you have ongoing foot problems. Contact our podiatrist today if you have any concerns.
The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about this and other podiatry-related topics, feel free to contact The Podiatry Center by clicking here or by calling 301-232-3764.