Pedicures aren’t just for giggling girls at slumber parties or women relaxing for a few hours at a spa or nail salon. Pedicures can be relaxing and beneficial for anyone, men included, and if you’re too embarrassed to have someone else handle your feet, you can do it yourself!
Things You’ll Need:
- Small Bucket/Tub – Any place where you can soak your feet for a few minutes.
- Scrub – No need to get fancy. You can just go to your kitchen and grab some brown sugar or coarse salt and mix with a little olive oil.
- Nail Clippers – Any basic clippers you have at home are fine.
- Nail File – Optional but useful if you want to even out your nails.
- Lotion – Any basic lotion will do.
- Soak your feet in warm water for at least 2-3 minutes. If you want to feel extra special add some salt (epsom is great for relaxation) and a drop of essential oil of your choice.
- Lightly pat your feet dry and take a palmful of scrub and massage gently all around your feet for about 1 minute. It is not necessary to scrub hard, but make sure to focus on the heel and the ball of your foot where the skin is toughest.
- Rinse off the excess scrub. No need to use soap.
- Trim your nails with a clipper or file. Make sure your nails are even and don’t cut too close to the nail bed as this can cause infection.
- Moisturize your feet with the lotion. For an even better experience, massage the lotion in.
- Let your feet dry and enjoy the feeling of clean and happy feet!
Pedicures are great for stopping calluses as they build on your feet. The softer your feet are, the less pain and awkward walking you will have. They can also prevent infections from occurring especially if your feet are very dry and tend to crack. Scrubbing also gives your feet a deep cleanse which removes dirt and potential harmful bacteria. If you give yourself a foot massage while putting on the lotion, you’re also improving circulation not only in your feet but in your whole body.
Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm at Clifton Foot & Ankle Center has been treating patients for over 17 years in Centreville, VA. If you have any foot or ankle ailments, please contact us at 703-996-3000 or make an appointment here.