1. If you’ve got tons of dry, scaly skin on the bottoms of your feet, try a Baby Foot exfoliating mask.
Get it here.
2. Or give this soothing pumpkin foot scrub a try.
Get the full recipe here.
3. Treat your cracked heels with a little vinegar and Listerine (really!).
Get the instructions here.
4. Don’t go barefoot — if you can help it.
Walking around barefoot can leave your toenails susceptible to foot fungus and disease, so keep the flip flops on.
5. Lavender and peppermint foot cream can also calm your cracked and aching feet.
Get the full directions here.
6. The same rules that apply to your fingernails apply to your toenails.
7. Make sure you wear shoes that actually fit.
You can cause painful ingrown toenails if you wear shoes that are the wrong size. And if you don’t keep your nails trimmed, you could risk infection by irritating your nail beds.
8. To get rid of calluses and corns, make a microplane your friend.
This slightly terrifying looking tool can slough off dead skin from the bottoms of your callused, beat up feet in a flash. Get it here.
9. Treat your heels to this soothing concoction.
Get the full instructions here.
10. Or give the Pedi-Rock a go.
The Pedi-Rock works similarly to the microplane, in that it sloughs off dead skin and calluses, but it also conforms to the shape of your foot, and you can use it when it’s wet or dry. Get it here. And when you’re done, slather on a lactic acid-rich cream like AmLactin to seal in moisture.
12. Pamper your toes with rosemary and olive oil.
Get the full directions here.
13. Switch out your metal emery boards for glass ones.
Glass is a cleaner alternative to metal and emery filters, and still gets the job done.
14. After being crammed into shoes all day, treat your toes to something special.
The Flex-Tastic exerciser separates, strengthens and helps realign your toes.
15. Give yourself a quick foot massage with a tennis ball.
Rolling a tennis ball along the bottom of your bare foot can provide a surprisingly relaxing massage.
16. Try a little reflexology.
The parts of your foot correspond to different parts of your body. Learn more about the benefits of reflexology here.
17. Disinfect your shoes with Lysol to get rid of odors.
Or if you’d prefer, try rubbing a little cornstarch or antiperspirant directly onto the soles of your feet.
18. DIY a pair of heel-protecting summer socks.
Keep your heels hydrated by applying lotion and then cutting a pair of old socks into socklets and wearing ‘em to bed.
19. Keep your pedicure tools to yourself.
Sharing your pedicure tools with friends or family increases your chances of spreading and sharing nasty foot funguses and diseases. Be a friend and be selfish with your nail stuff.
20. Treat your cuticles, too.
Your cuticles can get dry and cracked and gross — especially in dry weather. So don’t forget to feed them with cuticle oil or balm. Find out more here.
21. Don’t forget the suncreen.
It’s easy to forget to put SPF on your toes and the tops of your feet, but that can leave you susceptible to especially bad burns.