Don't let feet show age: Give them a face-lift

Published: 2011-10-18 10:08:13
Author: Posted by Internet Broadcasting Systems, Inc.

  Although your baby boomer feet may have lost their blush of youth, there's still hope. With some TLC and foot care know-how, you can turn back the clock and put the spring back in your step.

According to the International Council on Active Aging, adults are at higher risk for foot problems, with an estimated 87 percent reporting at least one foot-related problem.

Dry skin and callused heels are by far the most common foot complaints. These conditions not only make feet look older and less attractive, but they can pose a significant health risk.

Dr. Glen Beede, a podiatrist in Fort Worth, Texas, says that dry, cracked heels can fissure, causing pain or even tissue wounds. Left untreated, calluses continue to grow thicker and, if they become infected, they may require antibiotics.

But, with a little know-how and some due diligence, you can keep your feet healthy and looking great, no matter what your age. Here are some important tips:

* Give your feet a bath. Soak your feet in lukewarm water mixed with moisturizing soap. This helps heal calluses and tender spots, and a warm footbath is so relaxing at the end of a day.