How to sort out your feet and cracked heels for summer

Celebrity foot expert Margaret Dabbs shares her tips and treatments for keeping your feet in great shape.

 
 
 
  • Foot massage.
    Carla Challis
    By   | Lifestyle editor, BT.com
    Last updated: 07 April 2017, 15:25 BST

    “Prepare your feet by looking after them whenever you can,” says renowned celebrity foot expert Margaret Dabbs. “Lavish a little extra TLC on them whenever you can.

    If you need feet to look absolutely perfect, planning is key. “I would always suggest a medical pedicure, which is absolutely life-changing.

    “If you can’t fit a professional foot treatment into your busy schedule, put a little time aside to do a home treatment – you will be surprised at the long-lasting results. With the correct products you can achieve remarkable results.”

     
     
     
     
  • Foot file.
    Carla Challis
    By   | Lifestyle editor, BT.com
    Last updated: 07 April 2017, 15:25 BST

    Margaret suggests starting using a foot file on dry skin once a week.

    “The most common mistake is to file hard skin while your feet are in water. When feet are wet, it’s harder to see what areas need filing plus cracked feet can split in water. This is not only painful but can lead to infection,” says Margaret.

    “All of our podiatrists use the Margaret Dabbs Professional Foot File as it really is the best. I specifically designed it so that it could be used for easy home use as well. It’s made of compressed crystallised technology and unlike other foot files it removes skin safely and evenly - no cheese graters in sight.”

    To file correctly, Margaret says to always file hard areas such as big toes and heels in soft strokes towards the underneath of your foot.

    “If you file upwards, you will be left with a ridge. For the best foot filing always file in the direction of the middle of your foot.”

    Another foot file to try is the Scholl Velvet Smooth Extra Coarse Electronic Foot File, which is ideal for really hard skin.

     
     
     
     
  • Take a break from heels.
    Carla Challis
    By   | Lifestyle editor, BT.com
    Last updated: 07 April 2017, 15:25 BST

    “Shoes definitely need to be broken in beforehand and make sure heels are not so high as to stop you walking or standing!” Margaret says.

    “Always try them out first and don’t go for any that you have experienced problems with beforehand. Ensure any foot issues are sorted beforehand as painful feet end up showing on the face!

    “Try and ensure your shoes are as comfortable as possible – if you can, change them often during the day and wear flats while you are travelling. Drink plenty of water and keep hydrated.”

     
     
     
     
  • Soak your feet.
    Carla Challis
    By   | Lifestyle editor, BT.com
    Last updated: 07 April 2017, 15:25 BST

    A good old fashion foot soak is the best cure for throbbing feet. But you don’t need to spend money on expensive oils – Margaret suggests putting fresh mint in a bowl of warm water before you start soaking. Bliss.

    Click here to find out more about the Margaret Dabbs Foot Clinics.

     
     
     
     

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