Don’t wait ’til the sandal season to get your feet in order. Sort them out now with this simple problem solver in our guide to improve your feet.
The Problem: Corns and Callouses
Corns and callouses are caused by a build up of dry, hard skin on the toes (forming corns) and elsewhere on the foot (forming calluses) and can look pretty scary if left untreated.
Since corns and calluses are usually caused by excess pressure on the skin, ill-fitting shoes are the main culprit so make sure yours fit perfectly. To remove corns and callouses, soften the skin by soaking them in warm water (a few soluble aspirins thrown into the water helps) and rub the hard skin gently with a special foot file, available from your chemist. Never hack away at them with razor blades – if they’re large and tough see a professional podiatrist.
The Problem: Ingrown Nails
Caused when the edge of the nail cuts into the flesh and becomes infected, ingrown nails affect the big toes most and can become incredibly painful if left untreated.
Always cut your nails straight across the top rather than rounding them off or cutting down the sides and make sure your shoes and trainers have plenty of room at the toes. If a nail is already ingrown and is painful visit a podiatrist for professional treatment.
The Problem: Hairy Toes
Ironically, hairy toes are actually a good sign because they show that the circulation to your feet is healthy but if they’re so hairy they’re terrifying young children you need to do something about them.
Get rid of unwanted toe hair in a matter of minutes with the help of Bliss Wax Kit which are ideal for tootsies as well as for backs and shoulders.