Have you got a party coming up? Keeping your feet looking healthy is a year-round commitment, especially when the party season is in full swing and you break out your most fabulous shoes. To help you avoid the agony of pinched toes and aching feet we’ve asked professional podiatrist Margaret Dabbs to give us a few tips and the best foot care treatments to banish those dry cracked heels and getting a spring back in your step.
Perfect prepping tips
Prepare your feet by looking after them whenever you can – try not to make them work too hard and lavish a little extra TLC on them at every opportunity. That way you’ll be ready to step out in style and dance the night away!
The most important thing is to treat any problem as it arises – as with teeth, problems with the feet will not go away if left untreated. Keep them in good order all year round by getting into a regular foot care routine – use a foot file on dry skin once a week at home, tackling areas of callus and hard skin to prevent a build-up, especially if you suffer from dry, cracked heels. Apply foot lotions regularly to keep the skin healthy, elastic and moisturised.
Don’t forget to drink plenty of water and keep hydrated – as well as maintaining a glowing complexion it helps your feet, too.
Try and ensure the shoes you wear every day are as comfortable as is possible. If you can, change them often during the day and wear flats whilst you are travelling to work. If you wear heels on a regular basis, make sure to trim your toenails regularly – the height of a high heel will throw the feet forward, and nails that are too long will likely become painful and bruised.
Tip – If your feet are very sensitive (this tends to be especially common if you have fair hair and fine skin), don’t be tempted to wear patent or hard-leather shoes or boots. Keep the leather light and soft as they will be much easier on the feet.
The at-home treatments
Speedy home foot-transformation treatment (approx 5-10 mins)
- File dry nails straight across with a crystal file – this quickly gives the feet a groomed appearance.
- Foot file on dry skin – try using Margaret Dabbs Professional Foot File.
- Spray an oil, such as Margaret Dabbs Intensive Treatment Foot Oil, all over feet and rub in.
Relaxing home foot-transformation treatment (approx 25-30 mins)
- File nails straight across with a crystal file.
- Foot file on dry skin using Margaret Dabbs Professional Foot File, concentrating on areas of callus and dry heels.
- Apply a small amount of Margaret Dabbs Exfoliating Foot Mousse over wet feet and massage in, adding extra water as necessary. Concentrate on areas of thickening or callus, working it well into dry skin on heels and balls of your feet.
- Use a luxurious soak – try Margaret Dabbs Hydrating Foot Soak which contains emu oil to soothe, and wash the mousse off the feet, leaving them to relax in the water to 7-10 minutes.
- Pat dry with a clean soft towel.
- Spray a small amount of foot oil, such as the Margaret Dabbs Intensive Treatment Foot Oil all over feet and rub in. This will help to soften areas of dry skin, particularly if you suffer with cracked heels.
- Apply two pumps of foot lotion such as Margaret Dabbs Intensive Hydrating Foot Lotion into hands and massage all over the feet – ideally get someone else to do this part!
Varnish-free days are essential – make sure that old varnish is removed every now and then, to allow nails to re-hydrate. Nails should not be allowed to grow too long and the use of a nail serum on a daily basis will help ensure perfect nails – serum is the most concentrated form of a product. Where possible acetone-free nail polish remover should be used as this is less harsh on the nails.
Add some last-minute glamour
Add some instant glamour – and an extra bit of last minute pampering – with the Margaret Dabbs Glamorous Shimmer oil for feet and legs. Et voila! Fabulous feet!