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Foot Pampering: 4 Seasonal Autumn Treats for Your Feet

Posted by on Friday, October 2nd, 2015

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Our days of walking barefoot on beaches and sitting on outdoor patios in sandals may have come to a close, but that doesn’t mean our feet have to be forgotten! The autumn season brings satisfying scents that soothe the senses and warm the soul. NYC podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine can take care of all your most difficult foot care needs, including the relief of pain and deformity, but we also have a number of DIY foot pampering suggestions you can try at home.

Just because it’s fall, you don’t have to ignore your hardworking feet. Image source: Flickr CC user SHELBIElynnn

Here are four of our favorite seasonal autumn feet treats:

1. Apple Cider Vinegar Soaks

Apple cider vinegar has long been seen as a home remedy for countless foot woes1http://www.apple-cider-vinegar-benefits.com/home-remedies.html, including:

For this at-home foot treatment, simply mix 50% apple cider vinegar and 50% warm water in a basin and soak your feet for 15 minutes to an hour. If desired, you can also add a cup of Epsom salt and a half a cup of dried lavender. The American Athletic Institute also recommends using a pumice stone or delicate brush to remove dead skin cells following your soak and applying moisturizer afterward to sustain the effects.2http://www.americanathleticinstitute.org/natural-home-remedies/therapeutic-rejuvenating-vinegar-foot-soaks.php

“Apple cider vinegar isn’t going to really cure more persistent troubles like toenail fungus or plantar warts,” clarifies Dr. Katherine Lai. “We have in-office treatments using high-tech lasers and cryotherapy that are much more effective. However, the antimicrobial properties of vinegar make it a good complementary treatment and a pleasant way to deodorize the feet in the fall.”

2. Pumpkin Foot Scrubs

A foot scrub removes dead skin cells, refreshes tired and achy feet, and boosts circulation. This time of year, pumpkin pie offers the cozy scent of the season. The enzymes found in pumpkin are natural exfoliates. There are a few different recipes we like for delicious-smelling pumpkin foot scrubs:

Leanne Vogel’s Pumpkin Ginger Spice Foot Scrub3http://www.americanathleticinstitute.org/natural-home-remedies/therapeutic-rejuvenating-vinegar-foot-soaks.php

Combine the following in a medium-sized mixing bowl:

½ cup canned pumpkin
½ cup coarse sugar (like Demerara sugar)
2 tablespoon fresh, grated ginger
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Spoon into a 250 ML mason jar and store in the fridge for up to four days.

Leanne Vogel’s Energizing Pumpkin Foot Scrub4http://www.healthfulpursuit.com/2011/12/homemade-gifts-pumpkin-ginger-spice-and-energizing-pumpkin-foot-scrubs/

Combine in a medium-sized mixing bowl, spoon into a 250 ML mason jar and store for up to 4 days in the fridge:

½ cup canned pumpkin
½ cup coarse sugar
2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoon ground coffee beans
2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Organic Authority’s Pumpkin Foot Scrub5http://www.organicauthority.com/delicious-beauty/homemade-pumpkin-foot-scrub.html

Combine:

1/4 cup cooked pureed pumpkin
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1 tablespoon of olive, almond or jojoba oil
1 tablespoon ground coffee beans
Lemon juice squeezed from 1/2 lemon

Simply scrub your feet to remove dull skin, rinse, and apply moisturizer for smooth, happy feet!

3. Autumn Spice Foot Scrub

Autumn spices contain many benefits for the feet which makes them perfect for foot pampering. Cinnamon and clove act as natural inhibitors of bacteria and fungus. Orange oil contains antiseptic properties, in addition to providing a refreshing smell. The salt in this Nanosocks Foot Scrub does the exfoliating work, while the olive oil and oats smooth the skin6http://nanofreshsocks.com/2013/09/30/autumn-spice-foot-scrub/#YIErpfHvJHz3CiQb.99:

Grind the following ingredients in a food processor and store in an airtight container:

1/2 Cup Coarse Salt
1/2 Cup Cornmeal
1/2 Cup Ground Oats
1/2 Cup Olive Oil

1 Tsp. Ground Cinnamon
1/2 Tsp. Orange Essential Oil
2 Drops Nutmeg Essential Oil
2 Drops Cinnamon Essential Oil

4. Whipped Gingerbread Scrub & Shea Socks

One more awesome idea to try is Living Better Together’s Whipped Gingerbread Sugar Scrub7http://www.sugarandsoul.co/2014/12/whipped-gingerbread-sugar-scrub.html. The coconut oil in this scrub has antifungal properties and moisturizes dry skin.8http://healthimpactnews.com/2012/coconut-oil-cures-foot-fungus/

½ cup Brown Sugar (light or dark)
½ Pure Cane or Granulated Sugar
½ cup Coconut Oil
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
½ tsp Cinnamon
½ tsp Nutmeg
½ tsp Ground Ginger
½ tsp All Spice

To make, combine sugars and coconut oil in a standard mixer and beat into a fluffy paste using the paddle attachment. Scrape down the sides, add in vanilla and all spices, and beat on medium speed for about 30 seconds. Seal it in a mason jar and use within a month. Combine with hot water for a gentle skin-exfoliating treatment. Wear shea-infused socks on your feet afterward for added moisturizing benefits.

NYC Foot Care

The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC covers all your foot care needs, whether you’re an athlete with a foot injury, a diabetic interested in preventative maintenance, kids with developing foot needs, or someone with questions about common foot-related issues like odor, dry skin, toenail fungus and calluses. Contact us to schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified podiatrists in Westchester and Manhattan.

 

 

 

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1. http://www.apple-cider-vinegar-benefits.com/home-remedies.html
2. http://www.americanathleticinstitute.org/natural-home-remedies/therapeutic-rejuvenating-vinegar-foot-soaks.php
3. http://www.americanathleticinstitute.org/natural-home-remedies/therapeutic-rejuvenating-vinegar-foot-soaks.php
4. http://www.healthfulpursuit.com/2011/12/homemade-gifts-pumpkin-ginger-spice-and-energizing-pumpkin-foot-scrubs/
5. http://www.organicauthority.com/delicious-beauty/homemade-pumpkin-foot-scrub.html
6. http://nanofreshsocks.com/2013/09/30/autumn-spice-foot-scrub/#YIErpfHvJHz3CiQb.99
7. http://www.sugarandsoul.co/2014/12/whipped-gingerbread-sugar-scrub.html
8. http://healthimpactnews.com/2012/coconut-oil-cures-foot-fungus/

If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports MedicineDr. Josef J. GeldwertDr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.