When it comes to keeping your feet healthy a good daily foot care regimen along with the best foot care products are steps in the right direction. If you don't know where to start, it's a good idea to put together a foot care kit which will contain all of the essential tools you'll need. The kit should contain nail clippers, a nail file, a pumice stone, a small mirror and foot care cream. When you have all of your foot care supplies in one place it will make it easier for you to follow your foot care regimen every day. The good news is that much of these supplies can also be used for hand care, so you'll get plenty of mileage out of them.
Begin caring for your feet by washing them in warm water using a mild soap. As much as you may be tempted to soak your feet after a long day at work, you shouldn't because this can dry your skin. While your feet are still wet, use the pumice stone to keep those calluses and other areas of hard skin under control. When you're done, dry your feet thoroughly, especially between your toes. Examine your feet and toes to make sure that there are no ingrown toenails, cracks, blisters or cuts. If you do see a cut, clean it with mild soap and water and then cover it with a dry dressing. Trim your toenails straight across and make sure not to cut the nails too short. Apply foot care cream or lotion to your heels and soles and wipe off excess lotion that is not absorbed. Don't put the cream or lotion between your toes because too much moisture in these areas can cause infection. When you're done, wear clean socks and good-fitting shoes every day.
It's easy to find great foot care products and you'll be amazed at how many options you'll have, but it will be difficult to choose which ones to buy. With so many products on the market, you can even find specific products for diabetes foot care. As the styles vary, so will the prices. Go for brand names and stay away from products that contain unsafe chemicals such as dibutyl phthalate (linked to immune, reproductive, endocrine and nervous system problems) and formaldehyde (it may be listed as DMDM hydantoin).