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Stuffing your feet into thick socks and heavy boots isn't going to be good for them! Making sure that your feet are in tip-top condition is really important, especially through the winter months - and even more so if you're a little bit older.

Our feet are an oft-forgotten part of our anatomy, which is a real shame. Look after your feet and they'll be soft and supple - plus, you'll never feel too embarrassed to bare your feet in flip-flops through the summer months. As you get a little bit older, it's even more important to take good care of your feet as they'll help to keep you mobile well into your older years. Read on to learn how to take care of your feet to keep them in tip-top condition throughout the winter months and beyond - and what you need to watch out for in terms of foot care when you're a little bit older.

Keeping Clean

If you've had a long, hard day on your feet, make sure that you spend a few minutes at the end of each day looking after your feet and giving them a good old clean. Cleanse them with a gentle soap and pat dry, then work on them with a pumice stone, paying particular attention to the pressure points on your feet. Working on the pressure points will help to alleviate any aches and pains - especially useful if your feet are particularly aching. Once you've done that, rub a gentle foot cream into the feet. Choose a cream that contains peppermint or menthol as both are very soothing - particularly useful if your feet are a little bit swollen or inflamed. Choose a product specifically designed for feet and make sure that it is fully absorbed before putting socks on.

Soft and Supple

One of the easiest ways to keep your tootsies in tip-top condition is to drink plenty of water. We say this over and over again, but it is so, so important for good health and for good skin.

Generally, it's recommended that you drink at least 8 cups of water per day (fizzy drinks don't count) as this not only helps to keep you hydrated, but also helps to flush out any toxins - really important if your feet are a little bit swollen.

 It's also a good idea to up your intake of omega-3s and fish oils. They help to keep you soft and supple from the inside out, and not only are they essential for hydration, but also for good health. Try to eat more sources of omega-3s, such as oily fish, nuts and flaxseed, but if this isn't possible, consider adding a fish oil supplement to your diet instead.

Choosing the Right Footwear

It sounds obvious, but if you're wearing shoes that don't fit properly, you could succumb to ingrown toenails, corns, bunions and even broken bones in your feet. As you age, your feet can also get bigger - so make sure that you're wearing the right size shoe on each foot and get measured if you're unsure. Some people have to wear different-sized shoes on either foot, so keep that in mind!

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