Foot Care Products for Calluses, Fungus, Dry Skin, Cracks, Ingrown Toenails & More
Tips for Common Foot Problems with Foot Care Product Recommendations
Fungal infections or Onychomycosis
Fungal infections are a very common problem with toe nails and feet. Feet get out of showers with warm, dark moisture and go into shoes (with socks). Fungus (onychomycosis) has a high rate of resistance to treatment and a high rate of recurrence, so patience is a really key. It is very important that you follow instructions, be diligent and know that it can take from 3 months to 1 year depending on your nail growth.
To get rid of fungal infections:
- Clean all areas in your home with bleach including shower, tub, and bathroom floors.
- For carpeted floors, use a carpet disinfectant and anti-bacterial spray and vacuum.
- If you have flip-flops or slippers, either discard them or clean them with bleach several times.
- For your initial treatment (if you are close to a fungus-free nail spa or salon, this can be done at the spa). Below is the home remedy.
- Create a bath of Apple Cider Vinegar (1 cup), Tea Tree Oil (5-8 drops), & Lavender Oil (5-8 drops). Soak feet for about 45 minutes to 1 hour. File the nail at the tip and on top of the nail. Dip the nail file in a mixture of bleach or throw it away (so you don't reinfect the nail). In the mornings apply Tea Tree Oil to nail fungus. At night use either Gehwol Fusskraft or Footlogix #7 Tincture Spray.
- Medication should be applied twice daily under the nail, on the sides of the nail and on top of the nail.
To prevent fungal infections:
- Use a spray or mousse on your clean feet after drying your feet (even between your toes)
- If you get pedicures, make sure that your pedicure spa or salon is fungus-free. Some key hints:
- Tubs should be stainless steel so that bacteria does not grow.
- Tools & Instruments should be sterilized, autoclaved and packed separately. Re-use of tools and nail files is the most common way to transfer fungus and fungal infections.
- Nail files should be used once or the spa or salon should have throw away files.
- For diabetics and those with systemic issues with sugar and yeast, we suggest that you use your own basecoat, topcoat, and nail polish.
Dry Skin Foot Treatment for Dryness and Cracked Heels
Dry skin on the feet can cause itching and burning feet. Symptoms of dryness can include redness, small cracks or fissures, and flaky skin. Cracked heels are not only a lack of foot care, but can be very dangerous as an open crack can lead to infections. The rim of the heel is the most common place for cracks and can easily be avoided with proper care. When the oils (lipids) in your body are low, you need to supplement with Omega 3 fish oils and zinc.
- Red of flaky skin on the feet is one of the first symptoms of dry cracked heels. The condition only gets worse and can lead to skin infections.
- Peeling and Cracked Skin usually follows after the redness.
- Itchy skin is caused when the upper layers of skin cells don't have enough oils in them, so that they start shrinking. Exfoliating the dead skin will help before treating the dry, cracked heels.
The remedy for dry feet or cracked heels is very easy, but there are some common misconceptions regarding taking care of the dryness on the feet. First and foremost, shaving, cutting or pulling on the dry skin or a callus, does not work. In fact, it will do just the opposite, as the heel of the foot attempts to create more skin.
- Exfoliate the feet on a regular basis so that the top layers of dead skin are removed. Take the Gehwol Bamboo Soft Feet Scrub and gently exfoliate daily in the shower.
- When you get out of the shower, dry your feet. On lightly dampened feet, use the pedicure buffing tool to further remove dry skin.
- If skin is only dry, use the Gehwol Soft Foot Cream daily to maintain healthy feet. The combination of moisture-rich ingredients like vitamins and hyaluron make this a powerful foot cream for dryness.
- For cracks and fissures, your attention to foot care is an absolute must. Apply a thick application of the Gehwol Salve for Cracked Heels to the area and wear a pair of socks overnight.
- If cracks are deep, you will have to continue this on a regular basis (2-3 times per week).
- Regular spa pedicures can help you keep your feet healthy and happy. Make foot care part of your routine skin care so that you can avoid the dry skin and cracked heels.
Corn and Calluses Treatments
Corns are your feet reacting to shoes that do not fit your feet. The easy fix is to get shoes that fit. While calluses are caused by pressure on the soles of the feet. Corns or calluses are a thickening of the skin to protect itself from further damage. Some calluses are needed to protect the feet (for runners or joggers), while some are just irritating and need to go. While professionally, a callus spa pedicure can be performed, it works even better when combined with the Gehwol Med Foot Care Callus Cream. We have to say, we didn't believe that a cream could get rid of a callus in 28 days, but this cream works. It loosens the cellular hardness of the callus or corn if used twice daily.
Ingrown Toenail Treatments
Ingrown toenails can be painful and are caused by a piece of the nail piercing the skin. This can happen very easily if the nails are not cut straight across. Never cut in on the sides of the nail bed. If you have an ingrown toenail, you can try lifting the nail and getting to the culprit or try a nail softener. The Gehwol Nail Softener works to relax the nail leading to easier removal. If you see redness, swelling or other signs of infection, immediately consult a Podiatrist.