Sandal season exposes feet to a host of bacteria and fungus, and men, in particular, need at-home pedicures and Epsom salt foot soaks, said Miguel Cunha, DPM, a nationally known podiatrist. "It's not uncommon for men to disregard their foot health until they're experiencing severe pain," said Dr. Cunha. Soak your feet regularly – This can benefit not only your feet, but your overall health by relaxing muscles, reducing pain, and lowering stress.
|Dr. Miguel Cunha
To eliminate calluses, Cunha recommends soaking your feet for 20 minutes in four parts water, one part apple cider vinegar, and three tablespoons of Epsom salt, which helps break down dry skin. Then apply either castor oil, tea tree oil, or eucalyptus oil, and exfoliate with a pumice stone. Cunha also recommends Epsom salt – which is magnesium sulfate – for blisters. "The magnesium can help reduce swelling and pain, irrigating, cleansing, and drying blisters. This also helps reduce the painful rawness while expediting the healing," says Cunha.
Source: Market Insider [7/23/19]
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
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