Put your best foot forward


Problem How should I keep my feet in a good condition despite standing all day?

Solution Soak your feet in warm water in the evening and rub on a rich smoothing cream to prevent the skin hardening.

Problem I neglected my feet during winter and now have cracked heels. I can’t afford to go to a salon, so what’s the best home remedy? I want my heels to look good enough to wear sandals in summer.

Solution Soak your feet in warm salt water, buff your heels with a good pedi file, apply a foot cream generously and wrap your feet in cling film (over the cream), cover with socks and leave overnight.

Problem I have small varicose veins on my ankles and feet. I think it’s because I’m on my feet for almost nine hours a day. Can I get rid of them or make their appearance less harsh?

Solution Compression stockings will help compress the veins and make the blood move upward in your legs. Rub lotion or massage oils in a circular motion around your ankles to improve the circulation. Putting your feet up above your heart level while relaxing in the evening will also help. If you’re desperate, laser therapy will make the varicose veins collapse but the condition might recur if you neglect your feet.

Problem My husband loves treating me with a foot massage but often just tickles me or aimlessly rubs my feet. What pointers could you give him so I get maximum benefit?

Solution He should focus on the balls and arches of your feet, where the pressure points are. Thumb pressure will help ease tension. Use aromatic oil to make it a lovely experience.

Problem My feet are very tired at the end of the day. I don’t have time to pamper them every night. What quick solution will provide relief for tired feet?

Solution Soaking them in warm salt water is revitalising. Lavender is very soothing, so invest in lavender oil or pick lavender in the garden, crush it with a mortar and pestle, mix into aqueous cream, add a smidgen of peppermint oil and menthol and rub onto legs.

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