Daily monsoon foot care tip you must follow (Thinkstock photos/Getty Images)
Your feet are at a high risk of contractingdiseases in the monsoon season. Dr. Govind Bisht, Senior Consultant, Podiatry with Delhi based Sri Balaji Action Medical Institute shares daily footcare tips to prevent diseases and build up of bacteria.
Dr. Govind Bisht gives you an easy tip to fight fungal infection, "Before going to sleep during monsoon, apply moisturiser containing 7% to 10% of urea and paraffin on your feet. This will help you in getting rid of the dead skin (keratolytic effect) while keeping the feet clean, smooth, and allergy-free. Avoid putting moisturiser between the toes as web spaces have moist skin and putting moisturiser will increase dampness and may invite fungal infection."
Trim your nails:
This is one basic personal hygiene tips everyone should follow as it will prevent build up of germs, Dr. Bisht explains, "Long nails pull and store ample of dirt and bacteria. Always trim your nails in straight line and file the corners. Avoid cutting too deep and leaving corners with sharp margins may lead ingrown toes nails, well kept nails will help in keeping away germs from the feet."
Get a pedicure done:
Mani-pedi may be a fad among women, but a pedicure can help you prevent accumulation of bacteria. Dr. Bisht says, "Take out some time from your busy schedule and visit the nearest parlour for a pedicure, specifically during rains. Make sure the instruments and the place is neat and clean. Avoid pedicure from unhygienic places, it may be source of fungal and bacterial infection."
Home remedy for foot care: He gives you a home remedy for pedicure, "If your budget does not permit, do it the easy way at home. Dip your feet in lukewarm water for 15 minutes and dry it with a soft cotton towel. Do not forget to add 2-3 drops of antiseptic liquid in the water. Diabetic patients should avoid putting feet in warm water, at times because of loss of sensation they may land in burn injuries."
Clean and keep your feet dry:
Monsoon season propels the growth of bacteria and germs, therefore Dr. Bisht adds that it is important to keep your feet dry, "It is a simple yet an essential thing to wash your feet after an outing during monsoon. As the season gives rise to fungus, bacteria, and germs, it becomes a necessity to clean your feet immediately after returning from office or school. Following the clean-up, pat them dry. Wear shoes rather than sandals while going out as shoes give the full protection compared to the sandals which make the feet wet, resulting in fungal and bacterial infections."
Wash out all dead cells to prevent any fungal infection, Dr. Bisht, Podiatrist explains, "When you go for bathing, soak your feet in the water about 5 to 10 minutes. Add any soap liquids, shampoo to the water. After 10 minutes wash your feet with the scrubbers made for feet to chuck out the dead or damaged skin."
Note: Any sign of fungal or bacterial infection as redness, swelling, itching, and warm skin associated with pain without injury must not be neglected and a visit to physician is advisable for proper diagnosis and treatment .