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    Foot Massage

When you massage the thousands of nerve endings in the foot, you can feel relaxation throughout your
body. Regular massage keeps the foot flexible and healthy. Follow these easy steps to give your feet a treat:

Deep Massage
Grip the foot in your hands, with fingers on the sole and thumbs on top. Work the bones by pressing down
with the thumb and heels of the hands, and up and in with your fingers. Then move one hand up the length
of the foot while moving the other hand down.

Thumb Press
Hold your foot with your thumbs on the sole and fingers on the top. Press in hard, firm circles over the sole.
Repeat over the top of the foot. Be thorough, making sure to cover the entire area. Use your fingers to press
near the ankle and heel.

Toe Stretches
Hold the heel firmly with one hand. With the other hand, push the toes forward and backward (omit the little
toe if you wish). Hold the stretch for several seconds each way, then repeat.
Toe Tugs
Gently tug each toe with your index finger and thumb. Then, starting with the big toe, twist each toe from
side to side; let the thumb and forefinger slide off the end. Don't crack the toe knuckles.



 



Athlete's Foot

The most common fungal infection of the skin, athlete's foot typically begins
between the toes, causing itching, scaling, and sometimes painful breaks in the
skin. This generally harmless but unusually pesky condition may be relieved with
various natural remedies

Symptoms

  1. Scaling and peeling between the toes. In severe cases, there may be cracks between the toes.
  2. Redness, itching, scaling, and tiny blisters along the sides and soles of the feet.
  3. Soft and painful skin.
  4. Infected toenails that can become thickened, discolored, or crumbly.

 

When to call the doctor

  1. If there's no improvement in a week to 10 days after starting treatment with supplements.
  2. If home treatment does not provide a complete cure within four weeks.
  3. If any area becomes red and swollen, a sign of a more serious bacterial infection.
  4. Reminder: If you have a medical condition, talk to your doctor before taking supplements

What is it
"Athlete's foot" is the common term for a fungal infection called tinea pedis. The fungi that cause it are tiny, plantlike cells found on the skin of all humans. They can multiply out of control under certain conditions. The fungi thrive in cramped, damp places, such as inside shoes and socks. In some people, athlete's foot occurs entirely between the toes, where the skin cracks, peels, and becomes scaly. In others, the infection appears on the soles and sides of the feet or affects the toenails.

What causes it: The most common fungi causing athlete's foot are called Trichophytons. Though poorly ventilated shoes and sweaty socks provide an excellent breeding ground for the fungi, athlete's foot is not highly contagious, so walking barefoot in a locker room does not increase your risk.

How supplements can help: Many doctors prescribe conventional antifungal medications for persistent cases of athlete's foot. These drugs can be very effective -- and very costly. For the most stubborn cases of athlete's foot, some doctors are recommending the new oral prescription drug itraconazole, but it can cause liver damage. For milder cases, supplements can be an inexpensive way to combat this infection; symptoms should begin to clear up within a week. Supplements may be useful for other types of fungal skin infections as well. Jock itch, for example, is caused by the same type of fungus responsible for most cases of athlete's foot, and the two conditions often occur together. Topical treatments can be applied to the groin area twice a day. Vitamin C, an antioxidant, promotes immune function and aids the body in fighting fungal infections. It can be taken while using any of the topical supplements listed below. Tea tree oil, a powerful natural antifungal agent, alters the chemical environment of the skin, making it inhospitable to fungal growth. Effective topical preparations include creams or lotions containing tea tree oil; look for products that contain tea tree oil as one of the top ingredients, or make your own by adding two parts tea tree oil to three parts of a neutral oil, such as almond oil. For an antifungal foot bath, add 20 drops of tea tree oil to a small tub of warm water; soak your feet for 15 minutes two or three times a day. Dry the feet well and dab a few drops of undiluted tea tree oil on the affected areas. If pure tea tree oil irritates your skin, use one of the topical preparations described below. Rub garlic oil directly onto the affected areas. Garlic contains a natural fungus-fighting substance called allicin that can help to clear up athlete's foot. You can also try dusting your feet with garlic powder. Derived from a golden daisy like flower, calendula is another useful option. Widely available in health-food stores, this herb relieves inflammation and soothes the skin, which promotes healing.

 

Supplement Recommendations ( Consult your Doctor before any usage)

Vitamin C
Tea Tree Oil

Garlic Oil

Calendula


Vitamin C

Dosage: 1,000 mg twice a day. Comments: Long-term use may prevent recurrences; reduce dose if diarrhea develops.

Tea Tree Oil

Dosage: Apply to affected areas of skin twice a day.
Comments: Never ingest tea tree oil.

Garlic Oil


Dosage: Apply oil to affected areas of skin twice a day.
Comments: Can be used in place of tea tree oil.

Calendula


Dosage: Apply cream or lotion to affected areas twice a day.
Comments: Standardized to contain at least 2% calendula.Just as our psyches need regular doses of tender loving care, so do our feet. Yet people tend to neglect this part of the anatomy, notes Arnold Ravick, D.P.M., a podiatrist in Washington, D.C., and member of the Public Affairs Committee of the American Podiatric Medical Association. "People tell me that their feet have always caused them pain and that they always will," says Ravick. "But that doesn't have to be true." To pamper your feet at the end of the day, treat them to a little warmth. "Either soak them or use a heating pad," Ravick recommends. "The type of heat doesn't matter." If you soak your feet, put a few drops of baby oil in the water so your skin doesn't dry out. Then blot them with a towel, rather than rubbing. Finish up by applying some skin lotion. To leave your feet feeling really relaxed, massage them gently for 5 or 10 minutes by moving the joints and muscles around between your fingers. 


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